Labs will help firms get up to the mark

Michael Connarty MP and Prof Andrew Marvin, York EMC Services technical director, at the official opening of York EMC Services Grangemouth laboratory
Michael Connarty MP and Prof Andrew Marvin, York EMC Services technical director, at the official opening of York EMC Services Grangemouth laboratory

State-of-the-art facilities will put Grangemouth at the forefront of compliance testing for the entire country.

York EMC Services has moved from Dalgety Bay in Fife into a new laboratory at the Technology Park in Earls Road.

The building houses four laboratories, one a purpose-built six metre high chamber where radiated emissions can be tested in a specialised environment.

Set up over 25 years ago by the University of York, the firm tests everything from “toasters to railway engines”.

Chief executive Nick Wainwright explained that CE marks are needed for certain products sold within the European Economic Area which must comply with certified standards.

The Grangemouth laboratory is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Services (UKAS) for a wide range of tests and standards covering equipment for a range of sectors, including: information technology; measurement, control and laboratory; medical; alarms, CCTV and access control; industrial, scientific and medical; and railway.

With its headquarters in York, the company, which employs around 45 people, also has facilities in Castleford and Bristol.

Along with its extensive range of testing facilities, the premises can also deliver training for customers, already numbering around 300 in Scotland.

Mr Wainwright said; “Our purpose is to help Scottish industry with CE mark applications and to do it in a cost-effective and simple manner – and to do it here in Scotland.”

Performing the official opening, Michael Connarty, East Falkirk MP, said: “It’s fabulous to have have this university-owned initiative in my constituency with its cutting-edge technology to benefit a whole swathe of industries.”