FIRA International has opened a newly-expanded flammability laboratory within its UKAS accredited facilities in Hertfordshire.
The expansion gives FIRA International experts four flammability cabinets in which to test domestic and contract furniture, including all types of upholstery, foams, fillings and mattresses.
Howard James, operations manager of Testing Services at FIRA International, says: “We’ve been seeing an increase in demand for our testing services since 2017, and decided that the time was right to make a further significant investment in our capabilities. Now this phase of expansion is complete, we’ll be in a stronger position to meet customer demand and support customers with turnaround times by having four flammability cabinets in operation.
“Alongside investing in equipment we’re also investing in our people, recruiting additional testing experts to ensure we make the best use of our additional capability to support our customers.”
Alongside the completed flammability expansion, FIRA International is also expanding its structures department. This includes additional investment in further machines which test the safety, durability and stability of chairs, tables, beds, cabinets and more.