STRASSKIRCHEN, GERMANY--(Marketwired - Oct. 23, 2013) - With the construction and opening of another Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) test chamber, CSA Group, a leading global provider of product certification and testing services is now taking another step in growing one of Europe's largest EMCtest facilities in Strasskirchen. The chamber addresses the increasing demand of German companies specifically in the automotive market for EMC testing. In addition, CSA Group is moving forward with the full integration of mikes-testingpartners GmbH and emitel GmbH, the two Strasskirchen based companies acquired in 2011, into the newly formed CSA Group Bayern GmbH. Among the key services offered in Strasskirchen are environmental testing for automotive, e-vehicles, EMC, power tools, IT, safety and environmental, home appliances, and other product categories.The expansion of the laboratory is part of the growth strategy of CSA Group to enlarge its footprint in Europe.
"The laboratory in Strasskirchen is one of the largest and most technically advanced testing facilities in the European market," says Magali Depras, Vice President, Europe, CSA Group. "Along with our existing capabilities, the expansion of the laboratory to include another EMC chamber, as well as the recent acquisition of mi Technology Group, a leading provider of test and consultancy services in the automotive industry, we can help provide our German and European customers with even better localized testing and certification services for Europe and global markets."
"We are very pleased to open the new chamber in November which will provide space for passenger cars of all sizes. EMC testing is increasingly market driven amongst other factors by smart cars and increased in-car connectivity as well as electro mobility," says Dieter Froehlich, managing director of the newly formed CSA Group Bayern GmbH. "To meet the demand, we have been operating our EMC chambers in two shifts and are very pleased to make additional resource available to our customers with the new facility."
Growth in Europe through acquisitions and expansion
Only one week ago CSA Group announced the acquisition of mi Technology Group of Leyland, Lancashire, United Kingdom, expanding the companies testing capabilities for the automotive and alternate vehicle industry. This is a perfect addition to the existing services offered by CSA Group Bayern GmbH in Strasskirchen, enabling one-stop shopping and further synergies for current and new customers. mi Technology's clients, together with CSA Group's existing clients, include some of the most technologically advanced and recognized automotive brands in the world.
Another testament of CSA Group's commitment to provide quicker, cost-effective localized services to customers is the current construction of a new product testing and certification laboratory in Frankfurt, Germany focusing on medical devices, industrial and household appliances. The new laboratory will include 1,000m2 and is planned to be operational as of spring 2014. Until then CSA Group will operate under lease from the BSI German testing facilities in Frankfurt, which were acquired from BSI in July 2013, expanding CSA Group's testing and certification capabilities for electro-medical devices.
CSA Group is planning to keep expanding its facilities in the UK and Germany over the next year in order to meet the growing needs of customers both in Europe and around the world. Additionally, CSA Group has branch offices in Italy and the Netherlands, testing facilities for medical and lab equipment devices in Switzerland, and employs more than 400 experts across Europe.
About CSA Group
CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory solutions; global testing and certification services across key business areas including hazardous location and industrial, plumbing and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer product evaluation services. The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide.