UL, which describes itself as ‘a global safety science leader’, has announced the acquisition of Wintech Testing and Certification, the Telford based firm that provides testing and certification services to architects, building owners, manufacturers and others across the built environment community.
Wintech Testing and Certification’s unique laboratory facilities are said to be among the largest in the UK and are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Wintech Testing and Certification also holds accreditation from UKAS as a certification body operating several schemes involving certification of windows, doors, curtain walls, and rainscreen cladding. Over the last 25- years, Wintech Testing and Certification has contributed to many high-calibre projects throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
Kevin Faltin, vice president of UL Building and Life Safety Technologies division, said: “UL and Wintech Testing and Certification have a shared mission and complementary businesses. We are relied upon by the building materials community for the services and knowledge that they need to enhance public safety, meet regulatory demands, protect brand value and successfully access the global market.
“Working as one, UL and Wintech Testing and Certification will continue to grow the vision that has brought us together, that of becoming a global leader in the field of building envelope evaluation, testing and certification.’’
Wintech Testing and Certification’s employees will join UL’s existing building envelope team. The group’s building science thought leadership and global centre of excellence will be based out of the Telford headquarters.
“We are excited by this opportunity to join forces with UL and provide best-in-class services to the building envelope community,” said Gailord Nepp, former managing director of Wintech Testing and Certification and now European business development manager – Building Envelope Services for UL. “Our group’s shared reputation for delivering industry leading services and in-depth industry knowledge will continue to strengthen our position as leaders in the field of building envelope evaluation, testing and certification. Joining forces with UL will allow us to significantly accelerate our growth and access to global markets, in addition to providing our clients with a broader range of complimentary services and expertise. Clients can rest assured that customer service and technical quality will remain our top priorities, and that our newly integrated capabilities will deliver even more value.’’