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IHA Partners with Intertek as Preferred Service Provider

2009-03-06 17:03
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2009 International Home & Housewares Show

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The International Housewares Association (IHA) announced today that it is partnering with Intertek, a leading international provider of quality and safety solutions, as a new preferred service provider. Intertek will offer IHA members testing, certification, auditing and quality assurance services. In addition, IHA members will receive a 15 percent savings on global testing done by Intertek.

Intertek enables customers to increase speed to market, reduce overall cost of product, create scalability and optimize their supply chain through a vast range of services such as product safety testing and certification, inspection, auditing, performance evaluation, training, risk assessment and custom quality assurance solutions. As a distinct benefit, IHA members will have access to Intertek’s leading certification products, such as its ETL Listed Mark, North America’s fastest growing product safety certification. What’s more, with Intertek’s new Quality & Performance label scheme, IHA members may use independent performance testing as a competitive differentiator and a point-of-purchase sales tool.

“Our partnership with Intertek will meet the evolving needs of our members by providing global support, local reach and innovative expertise,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president.

Intertek has a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices with over 23,000 people in 110 countries around the world to support members across the globe in setting, meeting, maintaining and evolving quality, safety and performance standards.

Gene Rider, president of Intertek Consumer Goods North America, explains, “Intertek is honored to provide not only value-added solutions to IHA members but also the competitive advantage they need to operate in diverse markets in which they source, manufacture and sell their products.”

Intertek will be at booth # S4372 in the Industry Service Provider’s Pavilion at the upcoming International Home and Housewares Show at McCormick Place in Chicago from March 22 – 24, 2009. This event is the world's largest homegoods & housewares marketplace, showcasing thousands of new products and designs. Intertek will also be actively participating in the show’s exclusive “Design Directions: Going Green” display where Intertek experts will be on hand to answer questions about sustainability in today’s global marketplace.

Further information about Intertek’s services is available at http://www.housewares.org/iha/benefits/intertek.aspx.

About Intertek

Intertek (ITRK.L) is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 23,000 people in 110 countries around the world.

For more information, visit www.intertek.com.

About IHA

The International Housewares Association is the 71-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for (US)$301.2 billion at retail worldwide in 2007. The not-for-profit, full-service association sponsors the world's premier exposition of products for the home, the International Home + Housewares Show, and offers its 1,700 member companies a wide range of services, including industry and government advocacy, export assistance, State-of-the-Industry reports, point-of-sale and consumer panel data through Housewares MarketWatch, executive management peer groups, a unique Web-based community at www.housewares.org and group buying discounts on business solutions services.

For more information, visit www.housewares.org.

Contacts

Intertek

Julie Naujokas, Marketing & Communications Director

Telephone: +1 630 481 3114

Julie.naujokas@intertek.com

or

IHA

Deborah A. Teschke, Media Relations & Communications

Telephone: +1 847 692 0110

dteschke@housewares.org