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Chennai, July 23, 2010
TUV SUD South Asia, a provider of certification, testing, inspection and training services in South Asia, has set up a testing laboratory for footwear and leather produts at Ambur in Tamil Nadu, which will be inaugurated tomorrow.
The new laboratory will support leather manufacturers and exporters located in and around Ambur to meet international quality and safety requirements through faster delivery and cost efficiency, a press release from the company said.
"The opening of a new leather testing lab in Ambur is a landmark achievement for the company and a vital addition to our portfolio of operations," Mr. Niranjan Nadkarni, the Chief Executive Officer of TÜV SÜD South Asia said.
"It will specifically bolster the development of the growing Ambur and surrounding cluster of leather and footwear manufacturers and exporters to ensure instant access and immediate delivery in the sector," he said.
According to the release, the new laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and technology which will provide comprehensive testing capabilities ranging from physical testing, performance and quality testing, and regulatory testing in the leather and footwear sector.
In addition to the testing services, businessmen in the region will also have access to the various inspection and certification services for quality, safety and social compliance. Facilities for conducting social compliance audits as well as training in BSCI, WRAP, SA 8000, Code-of-Conduct, and ETI as well as in REACH and CPSIA will be made available from the facility.
The newly introduced Footwear Mark for ensuring quality and safety is another value addition that would be offered from Ambur, it said.
The release said the Indian leather industry is targeting over $ 5 billion in exports by the end of the current financial year.
While trying to meet targets, leather and footwear exporters encounter cost escalation in the form of testing and certification requirements that may disturb the focus on quality and safety.
However, the scenario is improving with training that is being imparted on quality and safety aspects in leather and footwear and with collection centres and laboratories being strategically located all over the country, it said.