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CSA Group Opens its First Testing and Certification Laboratory in Bangalore, India

BANGALORE, INDIA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/08/14 -- CSA Group, a global leader in testing and certification services and a standards development organization, today inaugurated its first highly specialized testing and certification laboratory in Bangalore, India. The new laboratory will offer testing and certification for medical and healthcare, industrial control products, automation and IT/AV technology products, appliances, and control equipment.

"The launch of our new laboratory in India is a milestone for CSA Group and is a part of our overall global business growth strategy in Asia," said Ash Sahi, President and CEO, CSA Group. "Today, India is increasingly moving towards efficient and sustainable manufacturing to meet global standards and product safety is becoming paramount to consumers and businesses. Our new lab has been designed to provide sophisticated testing and certification services to Indian manufacturers and help them attain access, acceptability and competitiveness in the global marketplace."

The new lab is staffed with highly trained engineers who provide the latest testing and certification services in accordance with applicable safety and performance standards, and consists of a digitilized training room and cutting-edge testing equipment from North America and Europe. Training and awareness programs will be offered to manufacturers, government officials and students on global standards and regulatory requirements for safety, the environment and sustainability. These training programs will help encourage an understanding of the importance of standards as well as testing and certification in a global market.

"This new facility will offer Indian manufacturers world-class compliance services in multiple business segments to help them reach global markets," said Saibal Mukhopadhaya, CSA Group Country Manager, India. "The lab will also provide testing and certification services for both local and global clients intending to sell products in India. In a few months, we plan to expand our service offerings to provide hazardous locations testing and certification for manufacturers and exporters across markets."

CSA Group's new 2,500 m2 lab is situated in the Beary's Global Research Triangle (BGRT). The BGRT is the first building to receive the platinum LEED certification from Indian Green Building Council and United States Green Building Council with the highest energy savings of over 54 per cent and water usage reduction of more than 41 per cent. It is a zero discharge building fully dedicated to research and development facilities.

CSA Group is among the leading global testing and certification organizations with 37 offices in 14 countries. CSA Group has been expanding to help meet the needs of clients in Asia. In addition to the new lab in Bangalore, CSA Group has labs in Shanghai, Shenzen, Guangzhou, Kunshun, Taipei and Seoul. These state-of-the-art facilities also provide testing and certification for industries including hazardous locations, alternative energy, medical and health care, automotive and appliances.

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, transportation, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer product evaluation services. The CSA certification mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org.

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