Officials at the signing of the MoU

Officials at the signing of the MoU

UL to set up facade testing lab in Saudi

March 2019

Global safety science company UL and Saudi-based GCC Electrical Testing Laboratory (GCC Labs) have signed an MoU aimed at localising fire and safety services and establishing a façade testing lab in the kingdom that would offer services across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.

Headquartered in Dammam, GCC Labs is a closed joint stock company that was formed by a group of leading  governmental and commercial entities in Saudi Arabia  and the larger Gulf region. Its mandate is to provide testing, inspection and certification services for electrical equipment.

The deal recognises a mutual commitment between UL, which has its regional base in Dubai, and its joint venture partner GCC Labs, to explore the development of an agreement to build the first façade and fire testing facility in the kingdom along with other services, including training.

UL and GCC Labs had first partnered in 2017 to strengthen the Middle East’s renewable energy infrastructure.  Both companies have since leveraged their resources, knowledge and experience to update the certification requirements for renewable energy in the region, said a statement from UL.

With the goal to raise the level of safety and building efficiency in the region, such an agreement would combine UL’s safety science knowledge, expertise and global resources with GCC Labs’ unique understanding of local market needs and goals and would expand on the established relationship between UL and GCC Labs to better enable the safety and sustainability of energy products in the region, it stated.

Hamid Syed, the vice-president and general manager of UL Middle East, said: “As a mission-driven safety organisation, we are proud to continue fostering safe living and working environments in the region through our relationship with GCC Labs.”

“This MoU represents our strong commitment to expanding safety services in the Middle East. It would improve the façade fire-testing market by significantly increasing both the capacity and the quality of cladding and building systems,” noted Syed.

CEO Saleh A Al Amri said: “GCC Labs was delighted to continue working with a globally-renowned industry leader such as UL, whose mission and expertise perfectly complement our goal to deliver best in class services in Saudi Arabia.”

“This new collaboration aims to improve fire safety testing and certification, which is to help ensure the safety of all buildings in the future,” he added.

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