SGS Nigeria Limited, a qualityassurance services companyhas donated state-of-the-art textile laboratory Equipment to the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to support efforts to increase the quality and competitiveness of textile products in the country.
Speaking at the handover of the equipment at the agency’s Lagos head office, Managing Director of SGS Nigeria, Mr. Andrew Hunter, described the gesture “as a fulfillment of our obligation to support the efforts of SON to achieve its mandate”.
The equipment include a Digital Fabric Air Permeability Tester (ASTM D737) that is applicable in the determination of air permeability of decorating materials used in cars.
Others were a Digital Tear Strength Tester (SLY-SI) used for the tearing test of films, sheets, flexible PVC, PVDC, waterproof films, woven materials, polypropylene, polyester, paper, cardboard, textiles and non-woven.
Hunter said the equipment donated would enhance the capacity of the textile laboratory of SON in testing the quality of local or imported yarns, fabrics and textiles.
Furthermore he said it will aid in identifying any imperfection and ensure that only quality textile products are sold to Nigerians and exported.
He assured the management of SON that SGS will continue to provide technical support in the implementation of the SONCAP scheme in line with the provisions of the SONCAP contract and operation guidelines.
Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr. Anthony OsitaAboloma, on behalf of the Agency commended SGS “for donating state of the art laboratory testing equipment for the benefit of all Nigerians. ‘We appreciate SGS for their discretion to raise SON to international standard, we thank the management of SGS for this donation, the company is one of our best agents and we appreciate this gesture. We urge you not to rest on your oars, please keep encouraging, and keep helping us to update our facilities”.
SGS Government and Institutions (GIS) Contract Manager, Mr. Emmanuel Oyebode, informed the Director General that SGS has arranged for the installation and training of SON staff on the usage of the equipment by experts from the manufacturer.
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity,with more than 88,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world. The company is committed to providing exporters to Nigeria, and importers in Nigeria, with efficient services under the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Program (SONCAP), designed to prevent the import of substandard and unsafe products into Nigeria.
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