SOCOTEC has a wealth of experience working with manufacturing clients, across a range of industries. We offer testing, inspection and compliance services that can assist manufacturing companies with quality and compliance.

UK Manufacturing

Manufacturing remains a huge sector in the UK economy, employing around 2.9 million people and accounting for ten per cent of national economic output (ONS, 2017). The UK is currently the 9th largest manufacturing nation in the world and ranks second globally in aerospace manufacturing. The UK-based auto industry annually produces £34.3bn of exports - accounting for 12% of the UK's total export goods - and the chemical and pharmaceutical industries add £60m per day to the UK balance of trade.

Underpinning this huge sector are regulatory requirements and customer expectations for safe and consistent high quality goods. With an unrivalled breadth of service offering and industry leading technical expertise, SOCOTEC provides a bespoke testing, inspection and compliance suite to support the sector in the manufacture of high quality products.

Health, Safety and Welfare

In setting a Health, Safety and Welfare Policy, manufacturers are required to meet a wide range of regulations. As well as health and safety, these cover topics such as: occupational health, food safety, fire safety, environmental protection and the control of use of hazardous substances.

SOCOTEC’s Manufacturing Experience

SOCOTEC works with a large range of manufacturing companies and has experience and service offerings spanning:

  • Food & beverages:
    • production, processing, preserving, packaging
  • Textiles & clothing:
    • preparation, weaving, spinning, tanning, dressing
  • Wood:
    • sawmilling, planning, joinery, carpentry
  • Paper:
    • pulp, paper, paper products
  • Chemicals:
    • paints, coatings, fertilizers, oils
  • Pharmaceuticals:
    • basic products, pharmaceutical preparations
  • Metals:
    • metals manufacture, hot & cold working, casting, rolling, forming
  • Metal fabrications:
    • structures, tanks, containers, tools, hardware, forging, drawing, pressing, stamping
  • Plastics and rubbers:
    • rubber and plastic products; plates, sheets, tubes, profiles
  • Non-metals:
    • glass, ceramics, plaster, cement, concrete, refractories, tiles, slate, composites
  • Electrical equipment:
    • motors, generators, batteries, appliances, cables
  • Machinery:
    • pumps, compressors, valves, turbines, bearings, gears, lifting, mechanical handling
  • Automotive:
    • motor vehicles, trailers, bodies, parts
  • Other transport manufacture:
    • ships, floating structures, railway locomotives and rolling stock, aerospace, military, motorsport

How We Can Help

SOCOTEC can support your manufacturing business in meeting its objectives and complying with Health and Safety regulations. We offer a wide range of services, including expertise in:

  • Corporate compliance audits and site audit programmes
  • Advice on the development of policy and risk management systems
  • Provision of a Competent Person to ensure you have the necessary skills, when you need them
  • Training

We also offer complementary services such as the testing, inspection and audit, analysis, training and advice for:

  • Occupational hygiene
  • COSHH assessments, audits and training
  • Noise assessments and monitoring
  • Vibration at work assessments and advice
  • Food contamination
  • Water safety and hygiene
  • Drug and alcohol screening
  • Fire and arson investigation
  • Asbestos identification and management, including 24/7 emergency call out
  • Environmental monitoring and advice
  • Dust, gas and vapour monitoring and analysis
  • Industrial effluent

In addition, we can offer:

  • Oil testing and analysis
  • Fuel testing and analysis
  • Condition monitoring
  • Materials identification
  • Component failure analysis
  • Metallurgy testing and mechanical investigation
  • Materials science services