The leather and footwear testing lab will be housed at Intertek’s Tejgaon, Dhaka, location, and unofficially opened last year and is the largest Softlines testing lab in Asia. The new leather and footwear testing capabilities provide additional quality and safety assurance for the leather, footwear and leather goods industries throughout South Asia in countries such as India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. 

Rajesh Saigal, Regional Managing Director, Intertek, South Asia added: “Bangladesh being a leader in leather manufacturing is an obvious choice for Intertek for strategic business development. This region has been exceptionally strong in the Softlines business, thus the potential for industry linkage is enormous. We aim to accelerate the region’s ecosystem for quality manufacturing by offering Intertek’s expertise in testing leather goods and provide the necessary edge to the industry.”

According to the Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau, the country’s leather exports are estimated to be approximately $1 billion, as competitive prices and improved quality has attracted an increasing number of importers from Asia and Europe. Approximately 80% of the country’s leather production is exported, making quality an important aspect for the industry. Intertek say that the new lab is environmentally friendly with features such as energy-efficient lighting, water recycling and effluent treatment. 

Commenting on the launch, Karthik N.D., Director Softlines and Business Assurance, Intertek Bangladesh added, “This dedicated accredited leather and footwear laboratory is a strategic addition to our existing Softlines facility, empowering us to test and certify leather and footwear products to support this industry in the country. Intertek also offers environmental auditing, testing, safety assessments and technical training services to the industry.”