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UL Expands Automotive Test Portfolio With Additional Emissions Testing In Its Performance Materials Labs In The US And Germany 

The expansion offers more comprehensive solutions to both OEMs and tier suppliers.


UL, a global safety science company, has expanded its automotive testing services with additional test methods for the analysis of emissions from polymeric component parts. The new services are available at the company’s performance materials labs in Krefeld, Germany, and Melville, New York, in the U.S.

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The new methods in UL’s service portfolio include:

  • VDA 270; Determination of the odor characteristics of trim materials in motor vehicles;
  • VDA 276; Determination of organic emissions from automotive interior parts using a 1 m³ test chamber;
  • VDA 278: Thermodesorption-GC/MS analysis of organic emissions from non-metallic materials for automobiles, and
  • Fogging measurement according to DIN 75201.

As a unique add-on service for customers worldwide, UL’s Krefeld facility supplies injection-molded specimens for round robin emission testing to support the highest-quality standards in the industry.

“Interior emission testing has become an integral part of every full scope polymer materials analysis in the automotive industry,” said Thomas Wagner, PhD, automotive business manager of UL’s Performance Material division. “Expanding our service portfolio to include emissions testing complements our other automotive testing capabilities and helps ensure that our customers are meeting the latest global and local regulatory requirements.”


The ISO 17025 accredited Performance Materials test centers in Melville and Krefeld-Uerdingen offer a unique set of all-inclusive services. With highly specialized testing laboratories and comprehensive material databases, the Performance Materials division of UL supports automotive manufacturers and tier suppliers from product concept stage to early product development through to final Part Production Approval Process (PPAP) for an optimized time-to-market.

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