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One of the UK’s leading providers of strategic manufacturing outsourcing services has signed a deal with Product Approvals to boost its product certification offer to global clients.
PP Control & Automation (PP C&A) has seen a major increase in demand from machinery builders sending products to North America and is looking to capitalise on new opportunities by strengthening a seven-year relationship with the Telford-based specialist.
The new formal agreement gives the company the backing of seven product approval experts and rapid access to dedicated laboratory and testing equipment covering electromagnetic capabilities, safety and environmental compliance.
Whilst the partnership has been heavily directed towards supporting PP C&A’s clients with UL 508a certification and NFPA79 compliance covering industrial control panels and electrical cable harnesses, there will be future projects around country and industry-specific approvals and legislation.
“This partnership is all about increasing our engineering bandwidth and access to technical expertise that will support the requirements of our growing order book,” commented Tony Hague, CEO of PP Control & Automation.
“We currently work with 20 of the world’s largest machinery builders and these span aerospace, food and drink, machine tools, medical, packaging and renewables. The machines are becoming increasingly customised and will need to comply to ever-changing global legislative demands.”
He continued: “Product Approvals’ very specialist knowledge complements our own internal ‘design for manufacture’ experience and, together, this will give us the ability to offer our clients a much more in-depth engineering due diligence service.
“It’s an important weapon to have in our arsenal and will help de-risk new product/process introductions.”
Established in 2006, Product Approvals is a product certification specialist supporting its customers to get products on sale in target markets as soon as possible by helping them meet required legislation.
Despite the Covid-19 slowdown, the business has continued to grow over the last twelve months and has invested in strengthening its team of experts and its laboratory and testing capabilities on Stafford Park in Telford.
“This feels like the prefect next step in our relationship with PP C&A and builds on seven years of working together and some outstanding educational seminars we jointly put on about UL508a,” added Mark Lindsay, Director of Product Approvals.
“We now have dedicated engineers assigned to the strategic outsourcing manufacturing expert, so that we can deliver the fastest possible support on engineering issues, testing and full certification services.
“It’s much more than just that though. We’ll be working with the production team in Cheslyn Hay to scope our future projects and where we can add value to the PP C&A offer. This could be reducing lead times, eliminating risk and even opening up new global markets by advising on the right certification.”
The importance of getting UL right when supplying into the North American market is crucial. And these common issues are all easily avoided by taking a more proactive approach to the subject and working with companies, like PP C&A, that can offer a complete UL solution in line with your specific needs.