TUV Rheinland’s Furniture Testing Laboratory receives BIFMA Listing

State-of-the-art facility in Bangalore will help manufacturers meet the latest U.S. and European compliance standards

BANGALORE, India, March 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — TUV Rheinland, a global leader in independent technical services, announced today that its Furniture Testing Laboratory in Bangalore has been listed by Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) to support furniture manufacturers and exporters with comprehensive services to ensure compliance of their products as well as facilitate access to domestic and global markets. 

BIFMA level® is a voluntary third-party certification program based on the BIFMA e3 furniture sustainability standard. It has been launched to provide a transparent and holistic approach for the furniture industry to evaluate and communicate the environmental and social impacts of their products in the built environment.

Commenting on the achievement, Mr. Thomas Fuhrmann, Managing Director, TUV Rheinland India said, “TUV Rheinland stands for quality and safety for people, technology and environment. This certification will provide manufacturers a differentiation that independently verifies environmental marketing rights, while giving them a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Our laboratories are a significant contributor to the safety values that TUV Rheinland stands for and we look forward to this new accreditation enabling safety consciousness in the Industry.”

BIFMA level® certification will help customers boost confidence in the quality and reliability of their furniture, market products which are safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly and also help them gain a competitive advantage with a neutral environment label.

Mr. Joerg Maehler, Global Field Manager, TUV Rheinland said, “As an independent third party, our testing and certification procedures are the best way to demonstrate your product’s safety and reliability. It will boost the confidence of customers in the quality of furniture products while providing them with additional guidance in their purchasing decisions.” He added, “With this Listing, TUV Rheinland tested products will help to promote a working environment that is functional and healthy.”

Commenting on the Listing, Mr. Rajesh Gupta, General Manager, Products – TUV Rheinland India said, “With the increasing awareness around safety for consumer products in India, the need for reliable safety and certification is gaining attention among manufacturers and retailers.” He added, “Our Furniture Testing Laboratory in Bangalore has capabilities ranging from mechanical testing including workmanship, safety, durability, stability, strength, drop impact and locking devices for domestic and international markets.”

TUV Rheinland’s world-class Furniture Testing facility can test a wide range of product categories in furniture that includes domestic/ contract use furniture, outdoor, indoor and office furniture, children/ school educational furniture, couch systems, sleeping furniture, mattress and much more. Besides physical testing of furniture, TUV Rheinland also serves retail clients and provides tailored services in accordance with their needs and requirements besides catering to inspection services such as PSI, FI, FRI, Dupro, LS and Training/ Consulting/ Seminars.

About BIFMA:

BIFMA, or the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association, is a non-profit organization that was formed with the purpose of creating voluntary standards that would promote safe working environments. BIFMA produces standards that specifically apply to institutional and business furnishings and also lobbies for legislation that will continue to make office furniture safer for workers and consumers.

About TUV Rheinland:

TUV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, founded nearly 150 years ago. The group maintains a worldwide presence of more than 20,000 people with an annual turnover of EUR 2 billion. Their independent experts stand for quality and safety for people, technology and the environment in nearly all aspects of life. TUV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products, and services, oversees projects, and helps to shape processes and information security for companies. Its experts train people in a wide range of careers and industries. To this end, TUV Rheinland employs a global network of approved labs, testing and education centers. Since 2006, TUV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption. www.tuv.com

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