SOCOTEC Expands its Coating Testing Services by Achieving New Industry Accreditation

27 January 2020

SOCOTEC, the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, has achieved accreditation for a new industry standard in coatings.

As UKAS testing laboratory 0001, the organisation is officially accredited to ISO 12944:2018, one of the main international standards that specifies the corrosion protection of steel structures by paint systems. Adopted by coating and component manufacturers across the globe, the standards guide professionals on how to identify and apply individual coating systems and help to ensure adequate corrosion protection for steel structures and equipment.

SOCOTEC is specifically accredited to Parts 6 and 9 of the industry standards, the former of which outlines laboratory performance test methods, while the latter focuses on coating systems for structures in offshore locations. As a result, the Coatings team now offers accelerated cyclic exposure testing, extending their range of accredited coating services at the organisation’s independent testing facility in Burton upon Trent.

In addition to offering this new service, the ISO 12944:2018 Parts 6 and 9 accreditation also feeds into the research and development work that SOCOTEC is undertaking as part of its contracted consultancy services for a national client.

Ryan Emery, operations manager, Coatings & Engineering, SOCOTEC UK, explained: “We are delighted that the Coatings team has achieved ISO 12944:2018 Parts 6 and 9 accreditation. These new industry standards have allowed us to broaden our laboratory testing and consultancy services offering, which includes wet paint analysis, accelerated weathering testing, physical testing along with site testing, identification of coating resins, coating inspections and surveys.

“We strive to provide our clients with a consistently high standard of technical expertise and specialist advice, as well as leading-edge services in the paints and coatings sector, and this new accreditation will be instrumental in helping us to maintain this.”     

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