Quality assurance company Intertek has unveiled a paper testing lab to evaluate products according to the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) standards.

Located at its existing site in Chicago, US, the lab will provide paper and cardboard testing services, including ISTA transit testing and regulatory consulting.

The facility will focus on evaluating the quality, performance and sustainability of paper and cardboard materials such as wrapping paper, kitchen rolls, party plates, single-use food containers, copier paper, and cardboard containers.

Intertek senior vice-president Tim Hubbard said: “Intertek’s focus has always been to provide end-to-end Total Quality Assurance solutions to help our customers meet the evolving demands of the industry.

“As more manufacturers and retailers look to ensure their products are high-quality, sustainable, safe and perform well, it is more important than ever to assess both paper and packaging.

“We are thrilled to offer the paper industry this state-of-the-art testing and expertise to meet these demands in a timely, cost-efficient way.”

“We are thrilled to offer the paper industry this state-of-the-art testing and expertise to meet these demands in a timely, cost-efficient way.”

The facility will work in collaboration with Intertek’s chemical analysis lab in Chicago to evaluate the presence of harmful chemicals such as lead, heavy metals, phthalates and other toxic elements in packaging products.

Intertek has a current network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices across 100 countries with over 43,000 employees working.

It offers assurance, testing, inspection and certification solutions for customer operations and supply chains.