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25 March 2010 | PR 10/59

BSI joins forces with leading gas certification body at Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park

BSI has announced the acquisition of leading gas certification body, Germanischer Lloyd Certification Services (GLCS), previously the UK equipment testing business unit of British Gas, and most recently GL Noble Denton UK (formerly trading under “Advantica”).  Located at Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, GLCS is the leading certifier of gas related consumer equipment in the UK, one of the top three in Europe with a strong international reputation in Asia Pacific.

The acquisition by BSI further reinforces Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park’s status as a national energy innovation centre that has grown exponentially since the opening of the British Gas test unit in 1995.

With increasing concerns over climate change and consumer safety, there is a rising public demand for more efficient and safe gas and other energy appliances.  There is a clear need to satisfy that demand with an independent and professional testing service.  BSI already leads the way in developing new standards for energy efficiency and management, and in testing products against those standards.  This acquisition is a clear demonstration of BSI’s strategy of focussing on high value, niche sectors with good growth potential, particularly in the sustainability and energy management sectors.

Howard Kerr, BSI’s Chief Executive, said: “GLCS offers a unique opportunity to elevate BSI’s position within the established and growing area of gas consumer product testing.”  He continued:  “Located right next to Loughborough University, the Science and Enterprise Park provides a very attractive location for BSI and we look forward to building a long and mutually beneficial partnership with the University in the future.”

Phill Dickens, Loughborough University’s Pro Vice Chancellor Enterprise said: “This is a great opportunity for the University to work very closely with a global company whose Kitemark® is a universally accepted symbol of quality.  We aim to work innovatively with BSI across the disciplines of Engineering, Business and Design, maximising the benefits of our world-leading research to deliver excellence in the energy testing field.”


For further information please contact Anna Seddon, Marketing Manager Enterprise, Loughborough University, T 01509 223445, E a.j.seddon@lboro.ac.uk





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Notes for editors:

Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park (www.loughboroughsciencepark.com)
The Science and Enterprise Park offers an outstanding location for energy technology organisations as part of an established innovation cluster with access to leading-edge research and top specification laboratories.

BSI’s acquired facility is based in the Park's Charnwood Wing, a unique facility in the UK originally designed for gas research that features exceptionally high levels of engineering services for gas handling, extraction and ventilation.

The Park is also home to the national Energy Technologies Institute, a £1B public private partnership involving BP, Shell, E.ON, EDF, Caterpillar and Rolls Royce. It also houses the University's international research institutes including the Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies that boasts the UK's largest photovoltaic laboratory.

About BSI (www.bsigroup.com)
BSI is a global independent business services organisation that inspires confidence and delivers assurance to over 80,000 customers with standards-based solutions. Originating as the world’s first national standards body, BSI has over 2,400 staff operating in over 120 countries through more than 50 global offices. BSI’s key offerings are:

  • The development and sale of private, national and international standards and supporting information that promote and share best practice
  • Second and third-party management systems assessment and certification in all critical areas of management disciplines
  • Testing and certification of services and products for Kitemark® and CE marking to UK, European and International standards. BSI is a Notified Body for 15 New Approach EU Directives.
  • Certification of high-risk, complex medical devices
  • Performance management software solutions
  • Training services in support of standards implementation and business best practice.

About GLCS
GLCS is the leading UK certifier of gas related consumer equipment in the UK, and is one of the top three in Europe. It was previously the UK equipment testing business unit of British Gas and most recently GL Noble Denton UK (formerly trading under “Advantica”).  It has a strong reputation in the business, which extends beyond the UK borders into markets including the US, Japan, China Hong Kong and Australia.  Today the GLCS business has 300 national & international clients, and 22 qualified staff, operating out of 2 UKAS accredited laboratories leased in Loughborough.

GLCS holds Notified Body status for: CPD: Construction Products Directive; GAD: Gas Appliance Directive; BED: Boiler Efficiency Directive. It is also a UKAS accredited certification body for: construction products; control & safety devices for gas use; household and similar electrical appliances; and safety related electronic control systems.

Although UK based it has gained an international reputation, and is an accepted laboratory for leading national equipment testing authorities in:

    • Canada
    • Australia and New Zealand
    • Hong Kong & China

About Loughborough University
Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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