SGS Announces Stone CE Certification Alliance List

Geneva, (PresseBox) - SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, successfully announced the authentication information list of stone CE certification alliance members comprising of enterprises which have obtained CE certification for their stone products from SGS. Established by the SGS laboratory for natural stone and homogeneous material in Xiamen, China, the stone CE certification alliance aims at protecting the interests of buyers and sellers, regulating the stone CE certification market, and helping to improve the international competitiveness of authentication products and enterprises.

The Certificate of Conformity Europe (CE Mark) is a seal that indicates that the product to which it is affixed is in conformance with EU Product Safety Directives. Such EU Directives apply to all products that are put into service for the first time within the European Economic Area. Since 2007, the European Community has required most stone products to bear the CE mark, according to Directive 89/106/EEC. Stone products covered include slate for roofing and exterior walls, facing panels, fixed-size boards, flooring plates and stone products for roads.

In response to the high demand for testing and certification services of stone products in China, SGS officially opened its laboratory for natural stone and homogeneous material in Xiamen, China on August 7, 2009. This has saved local and international trading companies a lot of time and money as they do not have to send samples for testing and certification abroad. Furthermore, the availability of a third-party inspection, testing, verification and certification company has also facilitated the international trading of domestic products to a significant degree.

To date, in 2011 SGS has issued CE certificates for stone products to more than 250 enterprises and 80% of CE certificates obtained in Xiamen were issued by SGS. Following this enormous success, the SGS laboratory for natural stone and homogeneous material in Xiamen, China, established the stone CE certification alliance with the aim to protect the interests of buyers and sellers, regulate the stone CE certification market, and help to improve the international competitiveness of authentication products and enterprises.

On October 18, 2011 SGS successfully announced the list of the first CE certification alliance members comprising of enterprises which have obtained CE certification for their stone products issued by SGS as well as the authentication information list of products which received the CE Mark from SGS.

The CE consultants at SGS know exactly what is necessary, and what is not required, in order to attain the Certificate of Conformity for Europe for industrial products. Drawing on its first-rate experience and know-how, SGS provides excellent support for trading companies, starting with the preliminary investigation and interpretation of the directives up to, and including, the application of the CE Marking. Throughout the certification process, SGS's highly skilled experts test samples of the stone products and review the accompanying technical documents.

About SGS Laboratory for Natural Stone and Homogeneous Material in Xiamen, China

With 40 employees and about 1,000m2 of floor space, the lab in Xiamen was the first to be opened by a third-party organization in China. Apart from performing tests and certification of natural stone, Xiamen's laboratory also carries out tests on homogeneous products, such as artificial stone, ceramic and metal. Regulated by ISO 17025 and accredited by the China National Accreditation Service (CNAS), the laboratory provides excellent technical support to international companies by providing quality control and product guarantees.

SGS is highly recognized by the Xiamen International Trade Enterprises Association for its authority, impartiality and comprehensive abilities and has become the first organization to be successfully filed by the center. The main person responsible for the Xiamen International Trade Enterprise Association stated that any enterprise meeting the qualification of small and medium enterprises could apply for as much as a 50% financial subsidy when presenting a CE certificate of stone products issued by the SGS lab in Xiamen. This facility will further enhance the international competitiveness of stone products industry in Xiamen and the development of trading in local stone products.

SGS Industrial Services

SGS is a global service provider for technical verification, inspection, testing, and conformity assessment. SGS ensures that the customers' installations, materials, equipment, facilities and projects meet all quality and performance requirements, whether they are regulatory, voluntary or customer based. SGS has decades' worth of experience and some remarkable references in serving key industries, such as Construction, Industrial Manufacturing and Trade; the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry; Power Generation and Transmission; Banks and Financial Institutions; as well as Renewable Energy.

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