UL adds capacity in high growth industries including automotive EMC testing and IAQ and environmental analytical services

Japan – Jan. 7, 2014 – UL, a world leader in advancing safety and sustainability, announced today expansion in the Japan market through an acquisition and joint venture. UL Japan, a subsidiary, has acquired EMC Kashima and UL Environment, a business unit, has entered into a joint venture with Shimadzu Techno Research (STR), a subsidiary of the Shimadzu Corporation.

"Japan is a strategic market for UL and we are investing in key relationships that benefit our customers as well as support our long-term growth goals," said Hidehiko Yamajo, GM of UL Japan. "We’ve seen an increased need for automotive EMC testing as well as indoor air quality and environmental testing. Both companies are leaders within their industries and will help us increase our capacity in the market and worldwide."

With more electronic components and wireless technology, the automotive industry is driving the need for additional EMC testing capabilities. EMC Kashima, now known as UL Kashima, is a leading EMC automotive testing provider based in Chiba, Japan. The company will continue to provide traditional EMC testing and calibration services in addition to a wide range of EMC solutions for various standards required by automotive manufacturers.

The joint venture with Kyoto, Japan-based Shimadzu, now UL Shimadzu Laboratory Corporation, will focus primarily on indoor air quality analytical reporting and testing, as well as environmental impact assessments, hazardous material analysis, health-related research and testing, and other services related to research and testing of products and materials.

Shimadzu Techno Research’s services are frequently used on a wide variety of products and materials. These include electronics, batteries, integrated circuits, plastics, furniture, textiles, toys, cosmetics, consumer goods, building materials, automobiles, food, water, air, gas, soil, waste, pharmaceuticals and blood.

Financial details of the transactions were not disclosed.

About UL
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 https://www.ul.com/.    

About UL Kashima
Based on years of culminated experience, UL Kashima provides total EMC testing services including electromagnetic interference and immunity testing for electrical and electronic equipment.  In particular, for the field of EMC testing of in-vehicle equipment, UL Kashima is accredited as  ISO/IEC 17025 certified EMC laboratory by A2LA (The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation) and can address a wide range of standards specified by automobile manufacturers. UL Kashima also provides calibration services as ISO/IES 17025certified calibration laboratory.

About Shimadzu Laboratory Corporation
Leveraging the analytical skills that Shimadzu Techno Research has culminated, UL Shimadzu Laboratory Corporation provides indoor air quality and other chemical and environmental analytical testing services to customers for meeting Japanese and overseas regulations and standards. Through joint efforts with UL, the new company can provide one-stop service from testing to certification and support manufacturers to manage global supply chains via the worldwide network of UL laboratories.