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Major Expansion of UL’s Basingstoke Campus

One of the largest commercial Electromagnetic Compatibility(EMC) & Wireless test laboratories in the United Kingdom offers total service solutions to meet EMC regulations and enable faster access to global markets.

Basingstoke Semi-Anechoic Chamber

September 20, 2018

UL has significantly expanded its capacity and capabilities in Basingstoke to address the growing demand for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) & Wireless testing and certification services. This significant investment makes it one of the largest commercial EMC & Wireless test facilities in the United Kingdom. It adds an additional 37,000 square feet to the current facility, tripling its size, of which 15,000 square feet is dedicated to EMC & Wireless testing.

UL’s state-of-the-art EMC and Wireless certification laboratory now includes:

  • Four 3-meter semi-anechoic chambers
  • Three 3-meter fully anechoic chambers
  • Six large screened rooms
  • Seven DASY6 SAR systems

For more than 20 years, UL’s facility in Basingstoke has been committed to delivering specialised services across Safety, Interoperability, Wireless and Global Market Access. As a result of rapid changes in the market due to technological advances, as well as regulatory shifts, UL has experienced significant client demand to expand this facility and offer EMC, & Wireless, Safety and Security services in one single location

The growth of UL’s Basingstoke’s facility will ensure that communities will live safer, more secure and more sustainable lives. Having grown from its original seven employees in 1987, the Basingstoke laboratory currently employs 150 people and is looking to expand to 250 professionals upon completion of this expansion.

As well as the newly enhanced design of its semi-anechoic EMC chambers, which helps to optimize the efficiency of the radio performance testing customers will also benefit from:

  • EMC, Radio and SAR testing capabilities for the majority of wireless technologies
  • FCC and ISED Canada Accredited testing laboratory
  • Notified Body for US and CANADA
  • Shorter lead time and global market product certification
  • A one-stop test and certification laboratory
  • State-of-the-art custom-designed chambers
  • Unique in-house test automation solutions
  • Conveniently located in the South of England on the M3 Corridor

With its close proximity to the fast-growing ‘tech corridor’ in the south of England along the M3, UL’s facility in Basingstoke is ideally situated to help UL bring in new talent, while also further developing its relationships with local colleges, universities and other talent sources in an effort to develop the wide variety of skills that will be needed at UL over the coming years. This expansion will also help facilitate innovation among the U.K.’s businesses, thereby elevating the country’s position in increasingly competitive industries.

“This is another great moment in the development of UL’s compliance services in the U.K. The significant investment in new facilities will offer a one-stop service solution with state-of-the-art, custom-designed chambers and sophisticated equipment. Due to the enormous demand we’ve seen, we’re raising the bar in terms of service excellence, and by partnering with you, our customers, we fully expect to grow and develop further. This also results in new job opportunities whether in Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Finance or HR.” – Phil Davies, general manager Consumer Technology for EMEA LA