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Daimler approves quality assurance lab for suppliers

December 21, 2016
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A local facility has won approval from Daimler as a class-A laboratory for its suppliers — making it the first organization in the U.S. to receive the designation.

Intertek in Grand Rapids, which provides total quality assurance services, said it has been certified as a laboratory within “methods category A” to “conduct materials testing to Daimler specifications.”

Intertek was one of a select number of labs invited to apply for the program, and the company underwent an intensive seven-step process in order to qualify.

Intertek said the approval gives manufacturers supplying parts to Daimler “an approved testing lab, improving product quality, while reducing costs and resources,” which it said are typically incurred without the assistance of a third-party lab.

The designation is the first in the U.S. to be awarded by Daimler.

Tim Hubbard, SVP of Transportation Technologies at Intertek, said the approval supports the company’s “commitment to delivering superior customer service.”

“We look forward to partnering with Daimler to bring these services to suppliers around the world,” Hubbard said.

The goal of Daimler’s class-A program is to support suppliers by establishing a global network of approved labs to test materials for use in Daimler vehicles to specifications set by the car maker.

Intertek is working with Daimler to expand the approval to other labs in Intertek’s global network.

Intertek provides expertise on performance, quality and reliability standards and expectations for the automotive industries. It is accredited to conduct hundreds of electrical, chemical and mechanical tests for automotive components, products and systems. 

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