Expansion of international network and testing services at the Rosenheim Fire Protection Centre of ift and UL
ift Rosenheim 2019
Successful suppliers of window, façade, door and gate systems as well as their suppliers are internationally oriented. In order to continue to optimally support these customer groups, ift Rosenheim has expanded its international network by gaining recognition in the USA, Canada and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This also offers advantages to window and façade manufacturers who carry out demanding projects in Germany and worldwide.
The recognition of ift tests and certifications makes it easier to use European fire protection elements in the United Arab Emirates
Globalization and technological change affect almost all business activities. Suppliers from all over the world can also be found in our industry. However, this is not a one-way street to Germany, but applies in both directions. Many manufacturers of windows, facades, doors and accessories use resources in other countries or successfully occupy the premium segment there. Because in most countries, solvent customers appreciate products “Made in Germany”, both for reasons of prestige as well as high functionality and quality.
For this reason, the company's presence in its core European market was expanded. Since the summer of 2018, ift Hellas in Greece and ift Hrvatska in Croatia have been independent companies that offer and provide testing and services under their own responsibility. For customers, this means a plus in speed and, in some cases, lower costs, because a lengthy journey is avoided. This covers a large part of South-eastern Europe.
ift Rosenheim's international position in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was strengthened by the recognition of the Civil Defence Department for the testing and certification of construction products with fire and smoke protection requirements and by its cooperation with the Canadian Quality Auditing Institute (QAI). As an inspection body for QAI, ift Rosenheim carries out the majority of inspections of building products in Europe, simplifying processing and offering price advantages through reduced travel costs.
The core of the international network is of course the cooperation with the globally active testing and certification body UL (Underwriters Laboratories). After intensive coordination of the workflows, the advantages and synergies are now taking effect. The special know-how of the ift experts in windows, doors and facades, plus the expert knowledge in safety and the global presence of UL are now available at operational level. A number of ift customers have already benefited from the common motto “Connect global markets - with your experts for fire protection testing in Europe” in projects in the Middle East or the USA. Many ift customers operate in the conurbations of the American east coast, which can easily be served by ship freight. In addition, the building elements from Europe enjoy an excellent reputation in the USA in terms of quality, technology and energy efficiency. There are attractive market opportunities for German window and facade manufacturers, because a large number of old high-rise buildings have windows and glass facades with single glazing that have to be restored to energy efficiency. The tests, verifications and production monitoring can be carried out in Rosenheim – they are recognised by UL in the USA and Canada, in accordance with AAMA, CSA or WDMA standards.
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