Companies Form Strategic Relationship to Provide Furniture Manufacturers Performance, Durability Testing, and Expand UL Mark Certification Services
Northbrook, IL Feb. 5, 2014 – UL and Advanced Furniture Testing have signed an agreement to provide performance and durability testing for furniture in Advanced Furniture Testing’s Holland, Mich. facility. Now, customers who work with UL can have their furniture performance and durability testing performed locally in Advanced Furniture Testing’s 17025-accredited laboratory.
In addition, Advanced Furniture Testing will begin expanding its capabilities this year to perform testing for UL furniture standards. This will enable manufacturers to test in more locations and have greater access to performance and durability testing, including BIFMA standards and testing to UL standards.
“By combining UL’s leadership in safety standards for furniture with Advanced Furniture Testing’s leadership in furniture testing, this relationship will provide high quality testing to furniture customers in the Mid-West region of the US,” said Alberto Uggetti, Vice President and General Manager, UL’s furniture industry. “Advanced Furniture Testing is known as a key innovator in testing, and is a logical and complementary choice to expand certification to UL safety standards in an important furniture manufacturing region.”
“Advanced Furniture Testing is pleased to join with UL to serve as a testing location for UL customers,” said Doug Woodard, President, Advanced Furniture Testing. “We are looking forward to expanding our capabilities for UL standards, which will enhance the services we offer.”
In November 2013, Advanced Furniture Testing opened a 10,000 square foot lab in Jasper, Ind. to service manufacturers of cabinetry, casegoods and office furniture. The lab will have BIFMA testing capabilities and UL customers can test in that location.
About Advanced Furniture Testing
Advanced Furniture Testing (AFT) is one of the nation’s leading office furniture testing companies. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Holland, Mich., the company also has a testing facility in Jasper, Ind. The company founder, Doug Woodard, is dedicated to providing his customers with direct industry experience, affordable prices, guaranteed fast service, accredited testing and environmental responsibility. Woodard is a Persian Gulf War Veteran and supports veteran fundraising activities.
UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for 120 years. Its more than 10,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL uses research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring solutions to a more complex global supply chain. For more information about our certification, testing, inspection, advisory and education services, visit http://www.UL.com.