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Textile & Apparel Centre of Excellence

Our textile & apparel centre of excellence supports your core & customised testing & inspection needs

TÜV Rheinland UK Ltd. are proud to unveil its latest investment and concept into the Textile and Apparel industry with a state of the art UKAS accredited laboratory, training centre and expert consultancy for the textile and apparel supply chain, retailers, suppliers, producers.

Our centre of excellence is based in the heart of Derbyshire with easy access to transport links so that everyone can take advantage of the services on offer.

Textile & apparel centre of excellence

In the recent years our industry is increasingly showing a demand for testing services, expert consultancy and training on their doorstep to compliment QA/QC programmes being run globally within their supply chains.

Our centre of excellence offers a state of the art UKAS accredited laboratory covering a multitude of BS EN ISO standards in the following key areas:

  • Colour fastness tests
  • Wash appearance, durability and dimensional stability tests
  • Physical testing (seam strength and slippage, pilling, abrasion, tensile & tear strength)

We also offer a broad soft-lines scope in the following areas via the network of laboratories within the TÜV Rheinland Group:

  • Fibre and yarn analysis
  • Chemical testing

In addition to our testing services we offer a broad range of specialised services / consultation:

  • Wear trials
  • Benchmarking
  • Test manual / specification creation
  • Equipment evaluations

Training at the centre of excellence

If you need a refresh on certain topics or a new comer to the industry, we have training courses and facilities to suit:

  • Fibres to fabrics
  • Introduction to textile and garment testing
  • RSL and REACH chemical requirements understanding
  • Market access of new markets and requirements (eg USA, Japan, China)
  • Risk management

For those requiring 3rd party field based services we also offer throughout the UK the following inspection and audit services:

  • Initial, DUPRO, pre-shipment, loading AQL inspections
  • Technical GMP audits
  • Social and ethical audits (eg; Smeta, BSCI)

Not just a laboratory!

Our textile and garment centre of excellence was born through our developments with key customers who requested such services locally within the UK to complement the global programmes we implemented for them. Our dedicated team of retail key account managers are on tap to provide expert guidance and services wherever in the world you require them.

Our ability and experience to appreciate the supply chain with its challenges and the need to implement QA/QC and compliance programmes on a range of budgets is what we most enjoy about supporting with our clients.

Ensuring you are complaint and the products you sell are fit for purpose and the best they can possibly be is our mission, speak to one of our experts and see how we can help.

Global Support Team Contacts & Lab Locations


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Textile & Apparel Centre of Excellence

Textile & Apparel Centre of Excellence