Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services acquires CERTEST, an Italian laboratory specialised in leather and luxury goods

15/12/15

Hong Kong, 15th December 2015 - Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (BVCPS) is pleased to announce the acquisition of CERTEST, an Italian leather and apparel laboratory located in Tuscany and specialised in the testing of luxury goods.

This acquisition reinforces BVCPS footprint in Italy, home to the world's most famous fashion designers and labels, and also a major manufacturing country for garments, footwear and leather goods. Founded in 2004 and located in the tannery district of Ponte A Egola in San Miniato, CERTEST has established a strong technical reputation in the leather and garment industry, working with an impressive portfolio of major brands in both the fashion and luxury markets. Equipped with modern testing equipment, with a surface of 900 sqm and with a team of 32 high skilled employees, the laboratory can perform physical and chemical testing to assess the safety, compliance and quality of leathergoods, footwear, accessories, trims and apparel.  

Mark Agius, Vice President, Europe, Middle East & Africa at Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, comments: "I am very delighted to welcome CERTEST to the Bureau Veritas Group. This acquisition will not only significantly accelerate BVCPS ability to offer full testing services to our softlines clients in Southern Europe but will also reinforce our market position in the luxury market globally, a dynamic and ever-growing sector. As a global leading quality assurance service provider, it is essential for Bureau Veritas to ensure we keep developing our laboratory network to meet the current and future needs of our clients.”

Mark continues: “Being able to offer first-class technical expertise to our clients has always been one of the pillars of Bureau Veritas’ success. The technical team at CERTEST is well-regarded for their expertise in leather technology and restricted substances. I am pleased to know that our European clients will benefit from their invaluable technical and market knowledge."  

Giuliano Campigli, CEO of CERTEST adds: "We have built a successful commercial and technical partnership with Bureau Veritas over the past few years. Becoming a member company of Bureau Veritas will propel us forward as the Group’s bridgehead for consumer products services in Italy and will help us keep growing internationally".

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For general enquiries, please contact:
Marco Giacomelli, Business Development & Marketing Manager, CERTEST: Marco.Giacomelli@certest.it or email: mailto:marketing@certest.it

About CERTEST

CERTEST is a laboratory and a technical consulting office established in 2004, specialized in Consumer Goods Products and located near the hub of the production of leather, leather goods, apparel, shoe factories and relative accessories in Italy. CERTEST Laboratory is accredited by Accredia, according to the ISO/IEC 17025, with Accreditation Laboratory number 1480. CERTEST is recognized by the major International fashion Luxury Brands in Leathergoods, Footwear, Apparel Trims, Apparel. The CERTEST team consists of more than 30 people, most of them graduated in Chemistry. Since 1st August 2014, CERTEST was in partnership with Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Service Division for the provision of softlines quality assurance services. CERTEST generated a revenue a revenue of EUR 3.5 million in 2014. Website: http://www.certest.it



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