Major Consolidation of UL’s Services in Basingstoke marks the next stage in UL’s U.K. growth story
BASINGSTOKE, U.K., May 23 2019 - UL, a leading global safety science company, announced today that it has consolidated its capabilities in Basingstoke to address the growing demand for testing and regulatory certification services. This significant investment makes it UL’s largest commercial test facility in the United Kingdom. It adds an additional 37,000 square feet to the current facility, tripling its size, of which 15,000 square feet is dedicated to EMC and wireless testing.
For more than 20 years, UL’s facility in Basingstoke has been committed to delivering specialized services across safety, interoperability, wireless and global market access. Because of rapid changes in the market due to technological advances, as well as regulatory shifts, UL has experienced significant client demand to expand this facility and offer EMC, wireless, safety and security services in one single location.
UL continues to be fully committed to the U.K, and U.K. manufacturers, supporting their product launch goals and compliance needs through uncertain times.
This facility demonstrates UL’s commitment to their clients, meeting their needs and understanding the demands placed on them by the pressure of a fast-paced market.
Larger laboratory capacity, shorter test programs and automation, and higher frequency bands are a necessity for companies to compete by having their products evaluated in a faster and more efficient way and crucially, reduce their time to global markets. This expanded laboratory will create one end-to-end service solution to enable companies to remain competitive in this changing landscape.
“This is an important moment in the development of UL’s compliance services in the U.K. The significant investment in new facilities will offer a one-stop service solution with state-of-the art custom-designed chambers and sourced equipment. Due to the enormous demand we’ve seen, we’re raising the bar in service excellence, and we hope to continue to strengthen our partnerships with customers through this expansion.'' - Phil Davies, general manager for UL’s Consumer Technology division in the EMEA-LA region.
The growth of Basingstoke’s campus will ensure that communities will live safer, more secure and more sustainable lives. Having grown from its original seven employees in 1987, the Basingstoke laboratory currently employs 150 people and is looking to expand to 250 professionals upon completion of this expansion. UL has built in the capability for future expansion and recruitment to support the continued success of the site and UL’s customers .
With its proximity to the fast-growing M3 ‘tech corridor’, Basingstoke is ideally situated to help UL bring in new talent, while also further developing its relationships with local colleges, universities and other talent sources to develop the wide variety of skills that will be needed at UL over the coming years. This expansion will also help facilitate innovation among the U.K.’s businesses, thereby elevating the country’s position in increasingly competitive industries.