Northbrook, Ill., March 19, 2010 – Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a world leader in product safety testing and certification, announced today that Microtek Laboratories, a provider of engineering and testing services, has signed a Preferred Partner Agreement with UL. The signing of the Agreement with Microtek expands UL’s services for printed circuit boards (PCBs) and provides PCB manufacturers with comprehensive conformance testing and certification services. 

“The Preferred Partner Program will enable PCB manufacturers to work seamlessly between UL and Microtek to receive a complete suite of services required to get to market quickly and economically,” said Truda Chow, PCB business development manager, UL High-Tech Industry. “By partnering with Microtek, UL can offer solutions for China market access and performance evaluations.”

The Preferred Partner Program covers testing under UL standards for PCBs, including UL 94, the test for flammability of plastic materials for parts in devices and appliances; UL 796, the test for printed wiring boards; and UL 796F, the test for flexible materials interconnect constructions. 

Through the Preferred Partner Program, PCB manufacturers working with UL can also take advantage of extra service offerings offered by Microtek, which is the first foreign laboratory accredited by CQC in China. The services include testing and certification to CQC-V084 for the China market, performance and reliability testing to various IPC standards and environmental simulation, among others.

UL has more than 50 years of experience in the field of PCBs conformity assessment. To accommodate the quickly changing board and materials technologies, UL’s experienced engineers proactively participate in R&D, standard development and knowledge sharing at public conferences.

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About Underwriters Laboratories
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for over a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on 66,000 manufacturers’ products each year. UL’s worldwide family of companies and network of service providers includes 68 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 102 countries. For more information, visit: http://www.UL.com/newsroom.

About Microtek Labs
Microtek Laboratories is registered to ISO 9001:2000, a DSCC Recognized organization, an IPC Certified Training Facilities and acts as a UL Preferred, Certificated Engineering and Administrative Agency for categories: ZPMV2, ZPXK2, QMTS2, QMJU2, QMFZ2 and OCDT2. Microtek has test laboratories in Anaheim, California and Changzhou, China. To learn about all of Microtek’s capabilities and service offerings, visit www.thetestlab.com.

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