Intertek Acquires Omega Point Laboratories, Inc.

Purchase strengthens Intertek’s leadership position in the testing and certification of Building Products in North America

CHICAGO, Ill., April 29, 2005 — The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek Group plc (LSE: ITRK), a global leader in testing, inspection and certification, today announces its acquisition of 100 percent of the issued share capital of Omega Point Laboratories, Inc. (OPL), an established industry leader in fire testing of building materials and systems. OPL is based in Elmendorf, Texas near San Antonio.

“OPL’s capabilities in fire resistance, flammability and flame spread testing are an ideal complement to our existing services,” said Jeff Turcotte, vice president Building Products, Intertek. “Intertek can now provide expanded fire testing solutions to our Building Products clients. With these comprehensive solutions, our clients will now get their products to market more efficiently than ever before.”

The acquisition provides Intertek with the ability to offer testing and certification services to a new set of clients in the Building Products and Marine Construction industries. This expanded scope creates an opportunity for market share increases for Intertek’s Warnock Hersey Listed mark and ETL Listed mark, its building products and electrical products certification marks, respectively.

Since Omega Point's inception in 1985, its goal has been to deliver first-class customer service and market access solutions. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to bring decades of fire testing expertise to Intertek’s global clients,” said Deg Priest, president and CEO, OPL, “and with the global strength of Intertek, we can now meet the market entry needs of our clients, wherever their business may take them. It’s the perfect combination of resources.”

ETL SEMKO is a division of Intertek Group plc (LSE: ITRK), a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services, operating in 294 laboratories and 530 offices in 102 countries throughout the world. The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek provides access to global markets through its local services, which include product safety testing and certification, EMC testing and performance testing for customers in such industries as wireless technology, security, appliances, HVAC, cables and wiring accessories, industrial machinery, medical devices, telecommunications, lighting, automotive, semiconductor, building products and electronics.

Fact Sheet: Intertek ETL SEMKO and Omega Point Laboratories

Intertek ETL SEMKO’s Testing and Certification Services

The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek Group plc tests, certifies and lists a wide range of building products to applicable safety and performance standards. These products include construction materials, hardware, fenestration products, fire doors, gas appliances, hearth products, plumbing products and roofing material. For over a century, Intertek’s Warnock Hersey Mark has been the symbol of compliance in building and construction product inspection.

Intertek’s Accreditations

Intertek has the accreditations, affiliations and marks that building products manufacturer’s need for streamlined market entry. Intertek is an OSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) as a Certification Body (CB) and Testing Organization (TO).

The Warnock Hersey Certification Mark

The Warnock Hersey Listed Certification Mark is recognized by Authorities Having Jurisdiction throughout Canada and the United States, as well as organizations such as the Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) and the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI).

Omega Point Laboratories’ Testing and Certification Services

Omega Point Laboratories is a nationally recognized, independent testing laboratory specializing in the performance characteristics of building materials and systems. OPL offers a variety of testing and certification services to the building product and materials industry including fire resistance, flammability testing, flame spread testing and small scale testing.

Intertek ETL SEMKO & Omega Point Laboratories combined strengths

This union creates a single-source partner for building products and materials manufacturers. Manufacturers now have direct access to expanded product testing, certification, and quality system registration services. Manufacturers now have access to global resources in such areas as fire, structural, and performance testing as well as expertise in the nuclear, furniture and mattress, and maritime industries.

Contact:

Intertek
Mike Parker
70 Codman Hill Rd.
Manager, North American Marketing
Boxborough, MA 01719
(978) 635-8559
http://www.intertek-etlsemko.com

# # #

Source :  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/4/prweb235155.htm