Former Labor Blum Uses Synergies at DEKRA

Laboratory for Technical Textiles and Films Expands Testing Expertise

Apr 14, 2016

Textile laboratory DEKRA

The DEKRA Laboratory for Technical Textiles and Films is expanding its services. Following its integration into the DEKRA Group, the former Labor Blum will in future use the know-how and synergies of the DEKRA laboratories. In addition to application-specific testing for textile and film use in construction, the materials specialists now also offer chemical analyses, environmental simulations, and weathering tests, as well as more extensive damage-testing options.

The Laboratory for Technical Textiles and Films is organizationally integrated into the DEKRA Laboratory for Environmental and Product Analysis. Starting immediately, the unit therefore offers additional laboratory services accredited in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. The head of the laboratory, Prof. Heidrun Bögner-Balz, comments: "In addition to the application-based material know-how of our team, our clients now receive the entire testing portfolio of a worldwide leading expert organization from a single source."

Under the name Labor Blum and later under the DEKRA brand, the specialized company has developed into a worldwide leading provider of testing know-how regarding films and textiles for use in textile architecture. Laboratory activity includes the testing of technical textiles for construction, among other things as a testing, monitoring, and certification office recognized by the German Institute for Construction Technology (DIBt).

Across the globe, experts also test the installation of films and technical textiles on site, for instance in large soccer stadiums, and perform assessment activities and research orders. Important client groups include engineering offices, material suppliers and manufacturing companies in textile architecture.