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CIDETEQ Weathering Tests

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 15:13

As Mexico solidifies its position as the world’s seventhlargest light vehicle manufacturer, the country’s suppliers are rising to meet new requirements. The sector represents 3 percent of national GDP and 17 percent of manufacturing GDP. Beyond infrastructure and human capital, the industry is hungry for testing laboratories capable of providing certainty and reliability for production operations at all stages of the automotive chain.

Jaime Gutiérrez, Researcher at the Electrochemistry Research and Development Center (CIDETEQ), says the center understands these worries. It has grown to be a strong provider of several testing solutions certified by the Mexican Accreditation Organization and has more than 12 years of experience offering accelerated weathering tests to ensure the quality of new paint services, colors, surface treatments and other applications involving direct contact between the component and the environment.

In its portfolio, CIDETEQ follows laboratory quality norms ASTM B117, D2247, B368, G154, G155 and B487. The center is certified in ISO 9227, 2812 and 16474 applications, as well as specific client-oriented tests such as GMW 14872, PV 1210, NES M4040, JIS Z2371 and SAE J2334. That has allowed CIDETEQ to improve production of several major automotive companies, validating new products and training its clients’ workforce in accelerated weathering equipment and material characterization.