Safety company acquires furniture test firm
A global safety science company has acquired a firm in the region that provides performance and durability testing services to the furniture industry.
UL in Northbrook, Ill. said yesterday that it has acquired Advanced Furniture Testing in Holland.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
New furniture materials
UL said that expanding its furniture testing capabilities is "a strategic imperative” as the way people work evolves and furniture design innovation has led to new functions, materials and products for greater employee collaboration and connectivity.
UL said the acquisition enables the company to combine its safety certification and chemical emissions testing services with Advanced Furniture Testing's expertise in performance and durability testing to offer a broader portfolio of services to office furniture makers.
UL, which employs more than 10,000 people, plans to retain Advanced Furniture Testing's Holland headquarters and its Jasper, Ind. testing facility, which are located in “key furniture manufacturing regions.”
Advanced Furniture Testing's founder, Doug Woodard, and its 12 employees will transfer to UL and remain with the company.
Woodward, previously employed by Herman Miller and KI, has designed and built nearly 30 test machines and devices.
The Advanced Furniture Testing team will tap UL’s resources in Italy, China and the U.S. to develop and expand market opportunities with furniture retailers and manufacturers.
"As a known market innovator, Advanced Furniture Testing brings to the office furniture industry high-quality testing and machine-building services specifically designed for furniture testing," said Alberto Uggetti, general manager, UL Furniture Division. "This acquisition establishes UL as a leader in the furniture testing business and provides us with an opportunity to build a furniture center of excellence with an expanded service portfolio, as well as add capabilities in children's furniture."
UL is dedicated to providing safe living and working environments through its services, which span six business sectors: commercial and industrial, consumer, life and health, environment, information and insights and workplace health and safety.