Element has invested in new automotive testing capabilities in Europe, with the addition of an extensive suite of interior emissions testing services at its Deeside, UK laboratory.

While these services were previously offered at Element facilities in the US only, this investment means that the testing can now also be performed for customers in Europe, allowing for greater control over quality, faster turnaround times, and more competitive pricing.

Element’s increased capabilities include testing for organic emissions such as carbonyls, formaldehyde and FOG. Techniques utilised include thermal desorption GCMS, HPLC and photometry. The organic emissions can be sampled using a microchamber, 10 litre bag or directly onto a tube or DNPH cartridge. The test methods are compliant with a wide range of automotive manufacturers’ specifications and are suitable for materials such as leather, artificial leather, plastic and textiles.

The company also has vast experience in VOC background sampling and analysis with easy-to-use samplers, which can be performed by Element, or evacuated canisters can be provided to customers to carry out their own sampling on site.

Rob Veitch, EVP Fire and Building Products, Element said: “As a leading provider of automotive testing, we are very pleased to have expanded our capabilities at our Deeside, UK laboratory as we are now better equipped to keep up with demand in Europe.

“We understand that customers want to make the best use of their valuable time and this growth demonstrates our continued commitment to better fulfilling customer expectations.”

Element is a world leader in automotive trim testing services and bespoke component testing services for commercial, passenger, rail and off-road vehicles. The Wednesbury-based laboratory offers an unparalleled service in the fields of mechanical, environmental, windscreen and vibration testing.

The company has been at the heart of the global automotive testing and wider transportation industry for almost 100 years, enabling its customers to get their latest products to market on time and helping them to make certain that they are safe, compliant and fit for purpose. Element works with some of the world’s most prestigious manufacturers to deliver local solutions with global reach. It offers customers a broad spectrum of automotive testing and advisory services that include component and system testing services; engine testing services, battery testing services; door testing services; full vehicle testing services and safety testing services through its network of specialist testing facilities that are located in both the USA and Europe.


About Element

Element is one of the world’s leading independent providers of materials and product qualification testing, inspection and certification services to the global Aerospace; Transportation & Industrials; Fire & Building Products; and Oil & Gas and Infrastructure sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.

We exist to help our customers to make certain that the materials, products and systems that they make are safe, quality, compliant and ultimately fit for purpose, leveraging 200 years of testing experience and our global testing capabilities.

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We understand that customers want to make the best use of their valuable time and this growth demonstrates our continued commitment to better fulfilling customer expectations.

Rob Veitch

evp fire & building products