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News from November 2017

While China was considered the number one procurement country a few years ago, today more and more manufacturers and vendors are relocating their production sites to countries in Southeast Asia such as India and Myanmar. Digitalization and globalized supply chains are also giving rise to complex changes in industry and retail. This transition is also affecting the TIC industry. Independent test institutes like Hermes Hansecontrol are confronted with the task of helping to shape these developments.

Thus, being present in the country of production is extremely important. After all, product safety is being monitored to an increasing degree at the production site. Manufacturers and distributors also benefit from the possibility of further improving their goods in the country of production. Products can be reworked during the product development phase. For this reason, Hermes Hansecontrol will continue with its expansion efforts by tapping the markets of Bangladesh and Turkey in the coming year. “Corresponding plans have been approved and I am confident that Hermes Hansecontrol will be present on location in 2018,” explains Lutz Lehmann, CEO of the Hermes Hansecontrol Group.

The test programs used are also being continually refined as a result of changing legal guidelines. The expansion of lab services, both with respect to their breadth and depth, are increasingly being called for and, particularly in the area of pollutant analysis, there is an increasing need for new pollutants to be tested.

Furthermore, labs today must work on the basis of increasingly stringent limits. Substantial investment is required for the ultra-sensitive technical equipment. “Only in this way can we keep pace with the latest state-of-the-art technology,” adds Lehmann.

As the result of digitalization and using the Internet as a sales channel, test institutes are also being confronted with significantly more complex inquiries. An increasing number of customers are requesting simultaneous evaluations of product safety for the markets of the EU, America, China, and other areas. With this in mind, networking various locations is of critical importance. “Customers want more transparency as to which goods from their establishment have already been tested in our laboratories,” explains Lehmann.

In the future, the task of the TIC industry will be to further network services and also provide a “supply chain management solution” in order to offer customers a comprehensive solution for their supply chain. “True to the motto ‘Understanding, Knowing, Making Things Possible’, we at Hansecontrol have to understand both our customers and their supply chains while making knowledge and expertise available in order to establish this service and harness the possibilities for successful implementation of our solutions,” notes Lehmann.

If you have any questions on this topic, please get in touch with your respective sales representative or our order management department by calling +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 6124 or by email.

Hermes Hansecontrol will also offer you a wide range of seminars for 2018 in line with the current needs of our customers and with a special focus on practical relevance. The topics of product safety and marketability will take center stage. After all, we would like to support our customers when it comes to implementing legal requirements and, at the same time, help them to avoid disputes under competition law as well as governmental intervention.

The seminar “Product Labeling of Textiles” on January 25, 2018 will kick things off. This will focus on labeling in accordance with EU regulation 1007/2011. All other labeling regulations for textiles will also be addressed.

On January 30, 2018, you will receive detailed information about “Safety of Children's Apparel in Accordance with DIN EN 14682:2015-03”. In addition to the “cord standard”, other aspects of mechanical safety will be considered and information regarding risk assessment will be provided.

Our “REACh package” consisting of the info-day “REACh – Basics, Roles, and Duties” on March 06, 2018, as well as the seminar “REACh for Products – Implementation in Professional Practice” on March 7, 2018, will address the comprehensive regulations relating to registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemicals in consumer goods.

In out seminar titled “Product Safety Act, Evaluation of CE Conformity, and Product Safeguarding in Practice” on March 15, 2018, we will provide you with information about the relevant laws, basic requirements, and terminology in the European Single Market, along with suggestions on how to apply these rules in practice.

You can look forward to these topics and more in the coming year. The seminars we are offering are continually expanded and can be viewed at any time here (only in German). In addition to open seminars at our location in Hamburg, we of course also offer training courses tailored to your needs right at your location.

Here you will find all the important information about content and conditions for participation (only in German). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by calling +49 (0) 40 300 33 73 - 13 30 or by sending an email.

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