Underwriters Laboratories Continues to Invest in Its Capacity to Support the Global Growth of the Solar Industry



    
    UL looks to new countries and expanded laboratories

    
    NORTHBROOK, Ill., May 26 /CNW/ -- Today, Underwriters Laboratories, a
world leader in product safety testing and certification, outlined plans to
maintain its position as a preferred partner in the photovoltaic (PV)
marketplace by enhancing its capabilities, as well as opening and expanding
its facilities dedicated to PV services in markets around the world.

    "In just one year, Underwriters Laboratories has established itself in
two of the key PV markets," said Jeff Smidt, General Manager of UL's Global
Energy Business.  "Our global customers benefit from state-of-the-art and
largest-of-their-kind, laboratories in San Jose, California and Suzhou, China.
 These facilities offer our customers an industry-leading portfolio of
services that enable manufacturers to more easily and efficiently access
global markets.  And that is only the beginning."

    To accommodate the PV market's global growth, UL is extending its reach
and continues to invest in new markets.  In 2010, UL plans to open new
facilities in Germany and Japan.  "Germany and Japan are the bedrocks of
photovoltaic manufacturing, research and innovation," said Smidt.  "Expanding
to these markets is a natural next step for UL.  We are committed to fostering
the development of safe, renewable technologies and providing our valued
customers regardless of their location with the tools they need to succeed in
this rapidly developing industry."

    In addition to building new capacity around the globe, UL continues to
expand its existing facilities.  Recently, UL added new equipment to its
20,000-square-foot testing facility in San Jose and now has a total of 20 test
chambers.  Additional solar simulation equipment (for indoor testing) is being
installed and will be operational this July.  This lab is also undergoing a
13,500 square-foot expansion, which will provide 35 percent more space to UL's
current PV testing operations by July.  Project capacity at this facility will
grow an additional 30 percent year-over-year compared with July 2008.

    Beyond its new, soon-to-open, and expanded Photovoltaic Technology
Centers of Excellence, UL is enhancing its engineering capabilities across
other relevant PV markets by exploring new partnerships in Asia.

    UL is currently the only National Certification Body for PV product
testing in North America that is able to test and certify products in
accordance with both the UL Standards and the International Standards (IEC),
which helps its customers get faster access to global markets.
    

    About Underwriters Laboratories
    
    Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety
certification organization that has been testing products and writing
Standards for Safety for over a century.  UL evaluates more than 19,000 types
of products, components, materials and systems annually with 20 billion UL
Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year.  UL's worldwide
family of companies and network of service providers includes 64 laboratory,
testing and certification facilities serving customers in 98 countries.  For
more information, visit: http://www.UL.com/newsroom.
    



    




For further information:

For further information: Elizabeth Sherman of GolinHarris,
+1-508-444-6453, esherman@golinharris.com, for UL; or Yassie S. Dunn of
Underwriters Laboratories, +1-847-664-3056, Yassie.Dunn@us.ul.com Web Site:
http://www.UL.com

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