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INCHCAPE TESTING - QUALITY SYSTEMS DIVISION STRENGTHENS SINGLE SOURCE OF GLOBAL CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT

 BOSTON, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Inchcape Testing Services, Inc. today announced the formation of Quality Systems - Western Hemisphere, a network of member organizations in Europe and the Americas integrated to provide one-stop testing, inspection and certification services worldwide.
 To strengthen its single source of global conformity assessment services for manufacturers and businesses, Inchcape has integrated the following organizations:
 -- ETL Testing Laboratories
 -- ETL - Albury
 -- Dash, Straus & Goodhue
 -- INTERTEK
 -- Labtest Americas
 -- Labtest United Kingdom
 -- Labtest Portugal
 -- Sigma Controle (France)
 -- Warnock Hersey
 Eric Birch, regional director of Inchcape Testing Services, will be president of Quality Systems - Western Hemisphere. "This reorganization allows us to better serve our customers with a broader team approach. Our clients can more easily access a single organization to meet their diverse needs for product compliance to multiple national and international standards. As a result of our integration, such services can now be provided in an even more timely and cost-effective manner, enabling clients to efficiently market products nationally and internationally," said Birch.
 Executives appointed to the Quality Systems - Western Hemisphere central management staff, headquartered in Andover, Mass., are:
 -- P.T. Guzman, vice president of operations
 -- Ira Barry, vice president of marketing
 -- Glen Dash, vice president of research and development
 -- Paul Smith, vice president of human resources
 -- Jagat Sisodia, vice president of finance and administration
 Operating unit management of Inchcape Testing Services Quality Systems - Western Hemisphere includes:
 -- Ray Rankmore, regional vice president of Quality Systems -
 Europe/Middle East/Africa
 -- Bruce Wetzel, president of Labtest Americas
 -- Steven Sawin, president of INTERTEK
 -- Richard Lafontaine, regional vice president
 -- Steven Roll, regional vice president
 The testing, inspection and certification services provided by Inchcape's Quality Systems - Western Hemisphere include the following:
 -- Electromagnetic Interference/Radio Frequency Interference
 -- Product safety
 -- Product performance verification
 -- Product performance certification
 -- Telecommunications
 -- ISO-9000 registration
 Inchcape Testing Services, one of the world's largest inspection testing and certification organizations, has more than 350 laboratories and offices in some 60 countries. It had 1991 revenues of approximately 161.2 million pounds sterling (about $284 million U.S.). Inchcape plc is traded on the London Stock Exchange and generated 3635.8 million pounds sterling in 1991 (about $6.4 billion U.S.).
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 /CONTACT: Ira Barry of Inchcape Testing Services, 508-263-2662, or Richard Toth of Sage Marcom, Inc., 508-462-0404, for Inchcape Testing Services/


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