Element Materials Technology (Element), a global Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) services provider, has invested $10m to advance the latest technological developments in consumer electronics. The company has set up a new connected technologies laboratory named Element Surrey Hills, located close to Guildford, England. The 25,000 sq. ft greenfield facility is furnished with modern equipment and infrastructure, designed with the support of a leading global technology manufacturer. This will help the manufacturer to expedite their products into the European market.
The state-of-the-art laboratory has been constructed to increase capacity for essential Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), radio and wireless testing. The facility will also administer Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) testing, augmenting Element’s services portfolio in Europe. This will complement the existing SAR services provided in the USA and South Korea. The design and construction of the laboratory was forged by Element’s expertise, garnered from colleagues from Europe, the USA, and South Korea, in line with global best practices.
Customers of Surrey Hills will have access to Element’s global network of experts. This will facilitate a collaborative and equitable exchange of knowledge between Element’s locations. The facility is fully accredited to UKAS 17025 regulations. It recently obtained PTCRB Associate Test Lab status with 2G, 4G and 5G RSE (GERAN, E-UTRA, 5G FR1), providing further support for operators and device manufacturers seeking interoperability between their devices and wireless networks.
Matt Hopkinson, executive vice president of EMEAA at Element, said, “With this new laboratory, we can offer the best testing facilities to enable the latest technologies to come to market, be sold, and used across the world, supporting the increased rate of innovation amongst product developers. We proudly support manufacturers across the full product life-cycle, from R&D to launch.”
In conclusion, the Element Surrey Hills laboratory is a strategic move in promoting the advancement of consumer electronics. It is expected to contribute significantly to the increased innovation of product developers while supporting manufacturers across the whole product life-cycle spectrum.