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German Firm Opens Testing Lab in Alpharetta Area

TÜV SÜD expands its global reach with the grand opening of its 30,000 square foot facility.

Shopping for energy efficient products? There's a good chance that TÜV SÜD tested your new purchase to make sure it earned its Energy Star rating.

With annual revenues of EUR 1.4 billion and 15,000 professionals employed at more than 600 locations worldwide, TÜV SÜD makes an additional home for its testing laboratories near Alpharetta. In the United States alone, TÜV SÜD employs 2,000 professionals and the new facility creates positions for 15 new employees.

The globally recognized firm (headquartered in Germany) tests and certifies everything from information technology equipment to a variety of safety and environmental qualifications in the aerospace/defense industry. 

Manufacturers striving for competitive excellence in efficiency and safety turn to TÜV SÜD America Inc. for testing their products. The light bulbs we use, the helmets we wear for sports, the cars we drive and the computers we work on are just a few of the many necessities we depend on for reliable safety and efficiency. 

TÜV SÜD ensures excellence in some of the finer parts of these products through extensive testing and certification processes. When you see the Energy Star certification on the appliances you purchase, there's a good chance TÜV SÜD performed the testing and certification.

Choosing this location for the laboratory makes sense, given the greater Atlanta area's resources for top engineering minds.

"The availability of technical expertise we have here in Georgia, especially from Georgia Tech, allows us the best opportunity to expand commercially," explains the company's President and CEO, Ian Nicol

TÜV SÜD held its grand opening event and ribbon-cutting ceremony in the new laboratory at 5945 Cabot Parkway in Alpharetta. Guests included Randall Toussaint, VP of Economic Development at the and Suzanne Browne, Project Manager of Existing Industry & Regional Recruitment for the Georgia Department of Economic Development as well as other industry leaders. Company officials said their support is instrumental in providing resources for the company's continued success.

"TÜV SÜD is the 63rd international company to move into the area and we are very much looking forward to assisting them in their growth," says Randall Toussaint. 

Laboratory manager Steve Longo led a tour of the testing facilities. Longo highlighted equipment including the integrating spheres used for testing lumen output–how bright they are–and goniophotometers used for testing LED lighting. The facility also houses full testing capabilities for automotive lighting and will soon receive accreditation to expand its expertise in facilitating automotive tests and certification in the south Forsyth location.

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