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SGS opens new textile testing laboratory in Egypt
SGS has announced the opening of its new premises in Cairo, Egypt offering a complete suite of facilities and services, enhanced in capacity and capability, for the testing of textile and leather goods. The relocated testing laboratory is able to serve clients in local and international regions who are seeking access to the Egyptian textile market.
With significant increases of textile exports and the newly enforced inspection certificate requirement for imported textile and leather products, the demand for consumer product testing services has been rising in Egypt. SGS has relocated its existing Egyptian textile testing laboratory, founded in 1996, and is now able to provide textile testing solutions which will satisfy this need.
The Egyptian textile industry is an attractive business proposition and its proximity to European markets gives manufacturers a logistical advantage. With low-capital cost and a high-labor intensive industry, serviced by a ready workforce, there is strong potential in the local consumer markets and the further area of exports. Egypt has seen a substantial increase in its textile product exports with values in 2010 reaching nearly 0.3 million US dollars. With export values of textile products reaching record numbers, exports increased 52% compared to the same first six month period of the previous year.
With its new premises in Cairo, SGS Egypt offers a full complement of inspection, testing and certification services which will give manufacturers straightforward access to the Egyptian market. Supported by a team of technical experts and comprehensive consumer testing services, SGS helps manufacturers to create a competitive edge in a demanding environment.
Since April 1st, 2012, shipments of textiles and leather products imported into Egypt need an inspection certificate issued by an accredited inspection company. The Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry (MFTI) requires that such shipments be inspected and certified by an ISO 17020 recognized body.
SGS Egypt has been approved as a third party inspecting company by the General Organization for Import and Export Control Egypt (GOIEC) and the Egyptian Accreditation Council (EGAC) and can provide certified testing to ensure manufacturer compliance with product safety regulations, performance and reliability standards. This accreditation is recognized by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.
SGS has announced the opening of its new premises in Cairo, Egypt offering a complete suite of facilities and services, enhanced in capacity and capability, for the testing of textile and leather