16:15 | 13.09.2017
ABB granted First Intertek SATELLITETM Program Laboratory for ETL and ASTA

Intertek, a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide,
has approved the ABB laboratory in Ratingen, Germany as the first
Intertek SATELLITE™ Data Acceptance Program laboratory for ETL and ASTA. ABB
is a global leader in power and automation technologies. The ABB
Ratingen lab, which is ABB’s leading global lab for medium voltage, is
certified to perform testing for medium voltage (MV) and low voltage
(LV) products. These tests are used as a basis for certification with
the ETL mark and the ASTA mark granted by Intertek. ABB has other
laboratories qualified under Intertek’s SATELLITE Program, however this
is the first lab to achieve qualification for both ETL and ASTA

Intertek’s SATELLITE Program gives manufacturers control of product
certification – delivering speed, market access, and flexibility. Under
the program, which includes on-site training, quarterly inspections, and
annual auditing from Intertek, manufacturers can qualify to use test
results from their own laboratories as part of the compliance process.
The ETL mark is North America’s fastest growing certification mark for
products entering the U.S. and Canadian markets. ASTA certificates and
reports are only available through testing at rigorously-assessed
recognized testing facilities, and therefore have international
recognition, including a high profile in Asia and the Middle East, and
are often specified by major end users.

The co-operation between ABB and Intertek offers ABB a unique
opportunity to obtain certification from a single service provider for
the North American market (ETL for North American standards) as well as
the rest of the world (ASTA for IEC/EN standards), with the speed and
flexibility gained by using ABB´s own laboratory.

Stefan Goettlich, ABB’s Global Testing Manager EPMV (Electrification
Products Medium Voltage) commented “ABB is thrilled
to have been granted this certificate under the Intertek SATELLITE
Program for ETL and ASTA and to deepen our relationship with the
company. Through this partnership, we will be able to streamline our
operations and bring our products to market faster in several key
regions around the world, including Europe and North America and we look
forward to continuing our efforts as part of the program. This
co-operation will also strengthen ABB´s relationships with its OEM

Pierrick Balaire, Intertek’s Global Business Leader for Transmission and
Distribution Equipment said “I am very pleased to congratulate ABB
Ratingen on becoming both ETL and ASTA Recognized under our SATELLITE
Program. ABB’s journey to achieving third-party recognition, with an
outstanding in-house quality system demonstrating impartiality and
integrity for all MV and LV testing, is a major milestone towards ABB’s
commitment to meet testing and certification requirements internally for
major global markets”.

The ABB and Intertek co-operation is a successful model for the
Transmission and Distribution Equipment industry. Intertek, as an
independent third party assures the impartiality of testing, and offers
recognition through the ETL and ASTA certification marks for global
markets. Participation in Intertek’s SATELLITE Program guarantees access
to global markets for ABB’s innovative products”.
ABOUT INTERTEKTotal Quality. Assured.
Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries
worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and
over 42,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and
bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for
our customers’ operations and supply chains. Intertek Total Quality
Assurance expertise, delivered consistently with precision, pace and
passion, enabling our customers to power ahead safely.
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