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UL Consumer & Retail Services (CRS) continues expanding its footprint into Africa by signing a partnership agreement with the South African laboratory, ATS.

With state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities in Tunisia and Morocco, UL CRS can now concentrate on expanding its capability in the southern region of the continent. This partnership with ATS will bring significant benefits to our clients who do business in the area.

ATS performs physical-mechanical testing, flammability testing and a range of chemical analysis on:

  • Textiles
  • Apparel
  • Footwear

ATS is accredited by SANAS (South African National Accreditation System), certified by both the Edcon and Woolworths Groups and uses accredited standard methods such as SANAS, ISO, BS, Woolworths, DIN and ASTM to verify the safety and quality of the products they test.

The mission and purpose of ATS is to deliver quick, accurate, high quality, repeatable results in order to satisfy the ever-increasing consumer demand for excellence in the footwear and textile industry. ATS’ goal is to minimize risks and protect the interest of both manufacturers and consumers.

The partnership between ATS and UL is mutually beneficial for both parties. The combination of UL’s international reputation and ATS’s local presence will enable both organisations to grow as UL looks to increase their influence in Africa and ATS strives to develop their international footprint”. – says Dicky Coetzee, CEO of Gelvenor Textiles

Gelvenor Textiles originally set up ATS laboratory as a SANAS facility, but going forward as part of this strategic alliance with UL, ATS will become an independent testing establishment.

Africa’s economic growth over the last decade has been robust — continues Christian Gerling, General Manager of UL CRS EMEALA – and international buyers show high interest in this part of the globe. We want to support them more and more from a local perspective”


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For more information, contact us writing to Kennedy.​Nzimande@​ul.​com, UL CRS Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, or complete our CONTACT FORM


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