UL has announced the acquisition of eco-INSTITUT, a leading product emissions and chemical content testing provider based in Cologne, Germany. The combined expertise of eco-INSTITUT and UL positions UL as a full-service provider for clients looking to test and certify to any major North American and European product emissions standard, according to the company.
"UL is committed to facilitating the creation of healthier indoor environments by both advancing the science of indoor air quality and widening market preference for manufacturers of healthier, low-emitting products," said Sara Greenstein, president of UL Environment. "By combining eco-INSTITUT with UL, we can provide European manufacturers with instant access to the global marketplace via local experts with regional and international market savvy."
eco-INSTITUT's testing facilities and team are relied upon by manufacturers across Europe to analyze the chemical emissions of construction materials, furniture, bedding, floor coverings and other consumer goods, certifying products to more than a dozen nationally and internationally recognized indoor air quality standards. eco-INSTITUT also issues its own leadership label for low chemical emissions, which currently appears on more than 180 products.
The acquisition positions UL as a one-stop source for testing and certification to the following: AgBB, BIFMA, Blue Angel, CA 01350, CRI, EU Ecolabel "Flower," French emissions regulations, GEV EMICODE, GREENGUARD Certification, natureplus quality label, and Ü mark/DiBt & CE marking.
"This union is a big win for our team, for our loyal customers, and for anybody concerned about the chronic deterioration of our indoor air quality," said Dr. Frank Kuebart, managing director of eco-INSTITUT. "We are excited to help UL apply its global reputation in safety science to improving environmental health, safety, and sustainability."
eco-INSTITUT will join the Environment business unit of UL, which is dedicated to advancing global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally-preferable products, services, and organizations. Dr. Kuebart will continue to lead the operations of eco-INSTITUT in Cologne, and report to Henning Bloech, UL Environment's commercial director for Europe and Asia.
The addition will also bolster UL's global textile testing offerings with a high-caliber German laboratory. eco-INSTITUT provides a robust line of quality assurance evaluation services for textiles, including chemical testing capabilities.
UL acquires Germany's eco-INSTITUT
May 15, 2012