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British Assurance, Inspection, Testing, and More

Intertek is a British company with multinational operations that specializes in assurance, inspection, product testing, and certification. Intertek operates a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices in over 100 countries, providing clients with Total Quality Assurance solutions across various industries, including consumer goods, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, energy, and more. Its services are designed to ensure the quality and safety of products and processes, helping businesses meet regulatory standards and reduce risks. The company is headquartered in London, England, and its shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange.

Thomas Edison and a Divestiture

Intertek can trace its roots back to 1888, and the acquisition of three historic companies by Inchcape. One of these companies was known as Electrical Testing Laboratories (ETL), which was established in Thomas Edison's lightbulb testing facility. Inchape divested Intertek in 2002 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in the same year. Today, Intertek operates a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices in over 100 countries and operates in the same sector as companies such as SGS, Eurofins Scientific, and Bureau Veritas.

What Intertek Does

The company’s offerings encompass testing, inspection, certification, and auditing. It tests products and materials against safety, regulatory, quality, and performance standards. This involves checking products from electronics to textiles, ensuring they meet specific requirements or certifications. Intertek's inspection services evaluate assets and products at various stages of the production and supply chain process, ensuring compliance with regulatory and quality standards. They also offer certification services that validate that products, processes, systems, or services are compliant with national and international regulations and standards. Additionally, its auditing service provides independent assurance that organizational processes and performance meet predefined criteria.

The Customers

Intertek's testing services are crucial for a multitude of sectors. In consumer goods, ensuring product safety and compliance is key, while in electronics, testing assures functionality and adherence to standards. The chemical industry relies on such services for substance analysis and regulatory compliance. In construction, material and structural testing are essential for safety and standards conformity. Energy sector entities utilize these services for equipment efficiency and environmental compliance. Additionally, the pharmaceutical and food industries depend on rigorous testing to guarantee product safety and quality.