UL: Company Analysis and Use Cases

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UL: Services and GMA

As an independent safety science company, UL is committed to promoting security, quality, safety, sustainability, and confidence among companies operating within various industries. UL offers a range of services including advisory solutions, analytics & intelligence, digital applications, auditing, testing, verification, inspection, learning & development, and certification. As part of its global market access services, UL has provision for customized services that fit the needs, expectations, rules, regulations, and requirements of specific global markets.

SERVICES

  • Advisory solutions: To the many industries it serves, UL offers valuable insights and advice on new opportunities. It also advises companies on ways to take advantage of such opportunities to access new markets, for product development, and enhanced the security, among other key business objectives,
  • Analytics and intelligence: UL recognizes the value of analytics and business intelligence, both of which are data-oriented. The company provides players in various industries with actionable insights and increased visibility to better manage emerging risks and opportunities in the market.
  • Auditing: Taking into account the continually evolving market challenges at the global level, UL conducts assessments of facilities, systems, and processes. It does so to ensure sustainable practices, supply relationships, and procedures that not only guarantee brand reputation but also comply with regulatory requirements.
  • Certification: UL helps various companies to navigate through the complex compliance landscape. Through that, it boosts their confidence with aspects such as product safety, overall sustainability, personnel certification, as well as security validation.
  • Digital applications: With UL, companies can leverage data-driven decision-making and management. The company offers digital applications' solutions that not simplify complex tasks but also provide easy and secure access to crucial intelligence necessary for solving market challenges.
  • Inspections: UL delivers both on-site and field inspection services to help brands identify existing and emerging risks in their systems. Such risks include those that can negatively impact on sustainability, security, safety as well as performance and quality. Ultimately, it helps brands to close compliance gaps and protect their brand value.
  • Verification: According to UL, it aims to ‘build trustworthiness in a crowded marketplace.’ In line with the same, the company confirms the accuracy of brands’ operations and environments through objective, science-based assessments.
  • Testing: To ensure that products are up to the required standards and expectations, UL offers testing services in line with the global requirements. That way, brands can remain competitive and achieve market acceptance
  • Learning and Development: UL provides personal and professional development through custom workshops, instructor-led and content development sessions, live webinars and on-demand eLearning courses and live webinars. These tools enable people across industries to be equipped with skills, knowledge, and expertise to succeed.

GLOBAL MARKETS ACCESS

  • One of the key offerings by UL for global market access is customization of services to fit into the specific market needs and requirements.
  • UL also helps brands to better understand the rules, regulations, and requirements of each of the countries that form part of a target market for the brands.
  • UL also has provision for the customization of the delivery process, using a four-phased methodology that ensures that markets are reached in good time, depending on needs and priority.
  • The company participates in the global certification schemes (such as CB Scheme); as such, they have streamlined service paths that make it easy to access global markets.
  • When working with UL, it is possible to get approvals and certifications for various countries without having to retest or work with multiple organizations. Ultimately, it leads to reduced costs and faster time-to-market for brands.
  • Some services that UL provides to ensure that brands can have access to global markets include testing, certification, inspection, auditing, and advisory & education.
  • For global access, the delivery process has to go through various steps including; assessment (to determine priorities, preferences, rules, and regulations, etc.), planning (develop compliance strategy and implementation plan) execution (make delivery based on preset implementation plan and in line with the compliance strategy), and support (monitoring of certifications and validity, and provide notifications on requirements updates or certification renewals).
  • Some global standards that brands have to comply with through testing and certification include; Mexican Official Standards (NOM), ENEC, China Compulsory Certificate (CCC), National Institute of Metrology Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO), Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), Saudi Standards, and ENERGY STAR®.
  • Global markets accessible through UL services include North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

We leveraged UL's website to get information on its services and global market services. However, we were unable to locate any future plans/growth/innovation by the company.

First, we began by reviewing UL's website in attempts to find any mentions of UL's future plans. Specifically, we focused on the company's press release section, featured stories, and media center. Our idea behind this strategy was that most companies detail their plans in the press release and news sections and published the same for the public to see. However, we did not succeed as most of the news we found was about UL's current undertakings, collaborations, new centers, as well as new products.

Secondly, we tried to find any interviews with UL's executives. We reviewed sites such as Onclusive and Executive Interviews. We did this because in most cases, executives usually mention their plans when they are invited for interviews. Unfortunately, we could not find any relevant interviews. Kathy Seegebrecht, the SVP and Chief Marketing Officer for UL, gave one interview (as published on Onclusive), but only focused on matter PR and content marketing.

As our third strategy, we tried to find UL's future plans from industry publications such as applieddnasciences, LEDs Magazine, and third-party media outlets such as Businesswire and PRNewswire. From these sites, we found information on strategic partnerships and acquisitions announced by the company, and news about safety certifications. There was no information about future plans, growth, or innovation.

We concluded that UL most likely does not reveal much about its plans for competitive reasons.
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UL: Digital Disruption and New Areas

UL has been active in digital disruptions as well as expanding to new areas such as Agriculture, Food, Mining, Oil & Gas, Auto Transportation, Aviation Transportation, and Healthcare

DIGITAL DISRUPTION

ACCELERATING EXISTING SOFTWARE PRODUCTS
VIRTUAL INSPECTIONS
GMA CERTIFICATION
TESTING MARKETPLACE
DIGITAL-RELATED VENTURE INVESTMENTS IN LATAM
  • Carlos Correia, UL's Senior Vice President & General Manager for Latin America, noted that Latin America is the fastest-growing region at UL. He is one of the drivers of the leadership and technical development programs and launching transformational digital initiatives.
  • AWS Truepower, a renewable energy consulting and engineering services company acquired by UL, took part in the "Large-Scale Latin American Low Carbon Interconnected Electrical System from Mexico to Argentina." Together with Energy Exemplar, Quantum, and the Energy Center of Chile (University of Chile), UL wants to evaluate cost-effective and technically viable paths forward for inter-regional electricity transmission projects and renewable energy.

NEW AREAS

AGRICULTURE
FOOD
MINING
OIL & GAS
AUTO TRANSPORTATION
AVIATION TRANSPORT
TOURISM
  • Although UL doesn't have specific standards for the tourism industry, one of its business divisions, UL Environment, helps brands with their sustainability strategies.
  • The demand for Environmental and Sustainability certification such as UL GREENGUARD® and ECOLOGO® continues to rise and 40% of consumers in key markets like Brazil, China, Germany, India, the U.K. and the U.S. looking for trusted labels and indicators on the product whether it is environmentally or socially responsible.
HEALTHCARE

RESEARCH STRATEGY:

Though almost all of the data is precompiled, we couldn't find a holistic view of what UL is doing in tourism despite thoroughly searching UL's official website as well as reputable news sites. We instead included details about UL Environment, one of UL's business division, which helps brands with their sustainability strategies. UL Environment has environmental and sustainability certifications such as GREENGUARD® and ECOLOGO®.
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Use Cases: Services

Intertek's partnership with Ogin Inc., Element's partnership with United Utilities, and TÜV SÜD's service to Roche Diagnostics International AG, are three examples of use cases of services/activities/products similar to those offered by UL within the "Services" areas. Related findings have been provided in the attached presentation.

Innovative Wind Turbine

  • Ogin Inc. developed an innovative wind turbine, which was aimed at accelerating the adoption of distributed wind.
  • Intertek, which is a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program, partnered with Ogin in 2012.
  • Intertek played a lead role in field measurements and independently validated Ogin Inc.’s power performance.
  • It helped Ogin Inc. develop IEC and ISO standards, and helped it commercialize its innovation.

Water and Sewage Testing

Patients' Sensitive Data

RESEARCH STRATEGY

To find the use cases for the "Services" area which were also similar to those offered by UL, we first started by studying the details of the "Services" section on the UL website. We also did a background study on UL to find that it was a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program (NRTL). For our further research, we found other such NRTLs. After finding their websites, we scan searched their weblinks to find specific case studies from their website, such that they came in the category of "Services" as defined and utilized by UL. We also utilized the findings of a previous request to understand the Services of UL in a broader perspective.
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Use Cases: GMA

Three examples of innovative use cases similar to any of the "GMA" offerings/services offered by UL are TUV SUD, CSA Group, and NTS. More information regarding the topic has been provided in the attached presentation.

SERVICES PROVIDED BY UL IN GMA SERVICES

  • UL, through its own accredited laboratories, experts and offices across the world, helps the client to obtain the required certifications and approvals it needs to sell its products in any of its target markets.
  • With an integrated and customized service approach to meet all required product compliance needs, UL’s global service package provides the complete compliance solution spanning the entire process and across multiple regulations like "safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), radio/wireless, and energy efficiency."
  • It also empowers the client to take advantage of its streamlined service paths through UL’s participation in global certification schemes, meaning that one can get the certifications or approvals for many countries "without the need for retesting or working with multiple organizations."
  • Services provided by UL, help to achieve faster time-to-market with reduced costs. The individual services provided by UL in GMA include pretesting or testing, certification, inspection, auditing, advisory, and education.

TUV SUD'S GMA SERVICES

HOW THE GMA SERVICES ARE SIMILAR TO THAT OF UL'S
  • TUV SUD acts as an international regulatory approvals department for its clients, providing them guidance on the compliance requirements and approval strategy for each country.
  • The company also performs product testing and follows the correct test standards as required. It also provides access to local representation for clients who have no presence in the respective countries or regions.
  • In terms of getting certifications, the company prepares applications on the client's behalf, performs a post-submission follow-up with the authorities/certification bodies, and conducts training for the client's staff on technical standards used for implementation of regulations.
  • Similar to UL's advisory and education services in the GMA Space, TUV SUD provides a regulation database for different products and countries, including national requirements, policies, and technical regulations.
HOW IT IS INNOVATIVE
  • In the GMA space relating to the automobile sector, TUV SUD plays a proactive role in shaping the regulations for innovative technologies, such as electromobility or autonomous driving, ensuring standards are harmonized, which is expected to facilitate the market access in the future significantly.

CSA GROUP'S GMA SERVICES

HOW THE GMA SERVICES ARE SIMILAR TO THAT OF UL'S
  • CSA Group's GMA team ensures that its client's products are certified according to the very latest country requirements.
  • Similar to UL's inspection services, the CSA group also has high-tech labs spread across the globe which focus on testing cutting-edge technologies such as electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and energy efficiency verification (EEV).
  • Like UL, CSA Group's global certification services also help to achieve speed-to-market efficiencies.
HOW IT IS INNOVATIVE
  • CSA Group supports product innovation by expediting certification services and expanding its scope of service to support manufacturers’ drive to market.
  • Specific to GMA, given the increasing use of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for interconnected devices, the company's GMA group assists with radio frequency testing and product approvals for more than 20 countries.

NTS

HOW THE GMA SERVICES ARE SIMILAR TO THAT OF UL'S
  • Similar to UL, NTS, through its worldwide network supporting market certifications in the information technology, wireless, and telecom sectors, helps its clients to achieve market approvals for international product deployment.
  • Similar to UL, NTS's Global Approval Services has in-country testing and representation to support required test programs at government accredited test laboratories and pretesting services to international standards and/or staging of samples before shipment to local test labs.
  • Like UL, NTS also has regulatory knowledge in multiple regulatory areas like "EMC, Safety, Telecom, Radio and Energy Efficiency."
HOW IT IS INNOVATIVE
  • NTS which was a finalist for the ACG Global Growth Award, is reportedly 100% "dedicated to delivering innovation, efficiency and quality to its customers in all aspects of its business; from testing to inspections to customer service."

Research Strategy:

We could provide three examples of innovative use cases, but for the GMA Space, we were unable to provide how the NTS example was innovative, specifically in the GMA space, although it could be shown that GMA was considered innovative in all aspects of its business.

To find out how NTS was innovative in the GMA space, we first leveraged all information as available from the corporate website of NTS. This included information provided on the web pages focusing on GMA, the company's annual filings, performance reports, investor presentations, etc. We also looked into media releases, articles, and blog posts published by the company. Our aim was to find out how the company was using innovation in the GMA space, if it was doing something new, or if it was catering to clients with innovative services. Even though information of the same kind could be found in sources such as these for the other two companies, the information on NTS was only limited to the company as a whole (as has been provided) and not specific to its GMA services.

Since NTS is a company involved in highly technological areas such as aviation, space, defense, nuclear, telecommunications, automotive, industrial, electronics, etc., we looked into sources that reported on technological domains and innovations in the field, such as Tech Gadget, Tech Radar, Tech Crunch, and ZD Net. We searched for information about cases where NTS might have helped innovative services/products to access global market or has used innovative ways to gain access in global market for any company's products or services. However, there was extreme scarcity of such information in these sources and some insights were available on the testing and pretesting technology used by the company, which could not be linked to the GMA Space.

Finally, we used sources such as LinkedIn to find out the list of C-level executives for the NTS and then searched for their interviews in sources such as CNBC, Business Insider, Technology News Today, CNET news, among others. Although interviews of C-level executives such as COOs, CTOs, or CMOs were available in few of these sources, the interviews mostly discussed the overall performances of the company and the general direction of progress it was heading to. There was hardly any information available pertaining to innovation specific to the GMA space.

Because of these limitations and challenges, we could not provide how NTS was innovative, specifically in the GMA space, but could show how GMA was considered innovative overall, as a company.
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Use Cases: Digital Disruption

Intertek's partnership with CGM, Enerpac's partnership with Lloyd's Register, and TÜV SÜD's partnership with Japan Radio Company, are three examples of use cases of services/activities/products similar to those offered by UL within the "Digital Disruption" areas. Related findings have been provided in the attached presentation.

Global Market Expansion

Better Customer Experience

Multi Country Certification

RESEARCH STRATEGY

To find the use cases for the "Digital Disruption" area which were also similar to those offered by UL, we first started by studying the details of the "Digital Disruption" section on the UL website. We also did a background study on UL to find that it was a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program (NRTL). For our further research, we found other such NRTLs. After finding their websites, we scan searched their weblinks to find specific case studies from their website, such that they came in the category of "Digital Disruption" as defined and utilized by UL. We also utilized the findings of a previous request to understand the Services of UL in a broader perspective.
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Use Cases: New Areas

Iron Roughneck, the digital factory, and Idaptive are all examples of innovations in fields related to the work of UL. For full details, see this presentation.

Iron Roughneck

  • National Oilwell Varco Inc designed a tool, called the Iron Roughneck, that automates the process of connecting drill pipes on oil rigs in the ocean. Before this innovation, the process was repetitive and dangerous.
  • The tool represents a significant innovation because of its incorporation of new technology in order to make the process much safer and more efficient.
  • It also reduces the number of employees needed on the rigs.
  • This innovation is related to UL's services that make processes in drilling safer.

Digital Factory

  • A digital factory is a factory that employs modeling, automation, and digitization to improve supply chain logistics, quality control, and maintenance.
  • French car manufacturer PSA Groupe has recently opened a digital factory that allows them to produce cars at a high, consistent quality through data-driven means.
  • PSA Groupe reports that the factory is designed to address the challenges of optimizing performance in the industrial organization, employing manufacturing technologies in the digital age, increasing environmental sustainability, and improving labor conditions.
  • This innovation is related to UL's automotive supply chain management services and testing services.

Idaptive

  • Idaptive is an innovative centralized cybersecurity management tool that minimizes spending on money and IT, complies with pharmaceutical industry regulation, and can integrate various tools used by pharmaceutical companies.
  • The tool is created by a company of the same name and used by pharmaceutical companies like Chugai.
  • Idaptive represents a major innovation because it can manage the multiple dimensions of security risk in a pharmaceutical company- intellectual property, patient information, and other sensitive aspects of product development and dispersal.
  • This tool can provide the same services that it would take several tools to manage in the past.
  • It employs adaptive single sign-on, intelligent analytics, adaptive multi-factor authentication, and endpoint and mobile context to ensure security.
  • Idaptive relates to the cybersecurity safety management services that UL offers to companies in the healthcare industry.

Research Strategy

To begin the request, our research team reviewed the various kinds of services offered by UL in the different industries included in the "New Areas" bucket. Having gathered an understanding of the offerings, we began to review technology new publications, press releases, and industry new publications to identify examples of innovations in related fields. We were quickly able to make a list of suitable innovations. To narrow down the list, we determined which examples were unique, related to the services offered by UL, and widely substantiated by information not published by the company that sold the tool. Through this process, we arrived at the three innovations detailed above.
Sources
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From Part 02
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  • "In this global scheme, UL LLC works with clients in managing their risk for network-connectable products and systems by assessing software vulnerabilities and weaknesses, addressing known malware, reviewing security controls and increasing security awareness. Products or systems found to comply with the requirements of the UL 2900 series of standards will be issued a Certificate that is valid for 1 year, subject to contractual agreements. There is no UL Mark authorized for use under this scheme."
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  • "Static source code analysis for software weaknesses identified by Common Weakness Enumerations (CWE) "
  • "Static binary analysis for software weaknesses identified by Common Weakness Enumerations (CWE), open source software and third party libraries "
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  • "Remote sensing systems can be a valuable complement to conventional measurements from tall towers, such as where hub-height tall towers are infeasible or too expensive. Our staff engineers are fully conversant in all types of remote sensing systems, including floating and platform-based sodar, profiling lidar, and side-scanning lidar."
  • "UL offers a comprehensive one-stop solution to managing your wind data safely and securely. We will collect the data, apply rigorous QC tests to detect problems such as malfunctioning equipment, and make data summaries and downloads available online through our Wind Data Management Dashboard"
Quotes
  • "Navigating the regulatory landscape of global markets is a complex and challenging task. By collaborating with UL to handle your global market access needs, you can tap into UL’s experts and facilities throughout the world, using our resources and services to reach your destination smoothly. UL’s knowledgeable experts will first seek to understand your needs, working with you to find the best cost-effective compliance option to meet your needs, and then guide you through the process every step of the way."
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  • "Our independent, rigorous testing processhelps ensure that your products align with applicable requirements and expectations. We deliver innovative, customized solutions that aim to streamline testing processes, reduce costs, and help speed products to market around the world. And our global team’s knowledge helps you stay ahead of the curve on evolving requirements, materials and technologies."
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  • "Robust testing, including analytical, physical and sensory testing, can help a retailer determine how the product compares to the national brand and how the consumer perceives the product. Additionally, analytical testing often includes the use of a microbiology lab. T"
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  • "The use of UAVs and drones has been rapidly increasing across a range of commercial applications for infrastructure, agricultural, security, delivery, emergency response and government. "
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  • "FluroTech Ltd. (TSX-V: TEST) (OTCQB: FLURF), (“FluroTech” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that both the desktop and portable CompleTest™ devices, along with the related heavy metal and THCa and CBDa scopes, have been evaluated by LabTest Certification Inc. and have received the applicable Canadian Standards Association (“CSA”) and Underwriters Laboratories (“UL”) product safety certifications for North America. With certifications in-hand, the Company has commenced sales activities."
  • "CompleTest™ is FluroTech’s flagship brand and product line. CompleTest™ is a portable, cost-effective, state-of-the-art cannabis testing device, able to provide fast, accurate and consistent testing results. It is designed for cultivators, dispensaries and anyone with an interest in precision agriculture to optimize potency yield and consumer safety to test the quality and safety of their cannabis products."
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  • "UL’s food and beverage testing, audit and inspection services help to protect brands and public health by managing and mitigating the challenges of today’s marketplace, from production to consumption. "
  • "UL’s state-of-the-art food testing laboratories utilize standard test methods to accurately determine the presence of pathogens in food and beverages. Microbiological batch testing detects aerobic plate counts, yeast and mold. Our food forensics services can check for the presence and causes of alleged problems."
Quotes
  • " UL, a leading global safety science company, today officially opened its newly expanded hazardous locations (HazLoc) testing and certification laboratory. Located at UL’s global headquarters in Northbrook, Ill., the state-of-the-art, fully-automated HazLoc laboratory offers a streamlined process for equipment testing and certification. This enables manufacturers with equipment used in potentially explosive atmospheres in a wide variety of industries a quicker turnaround time and thereby faster speed-to-market. These industries include oil and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food, mining, energy, and transportation."
Quotes
  • "By the end of this year, designers of self-driving vehicles, mining robots, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and a plethora of other industrial systems featuring autonomy could be adhering to an emerging UL Standard, dubbed UL 4600, that would cover autonomous product safety."
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  • "We use the term gas and oil equipment to encompass more than 150 types of products intended for the handling and storage of flammable and combustible fluids. Having such a variety of possible product families can make it complicated to determine which specific requirements apply to you, how to interpret them, and where your product can be marketed."
Quotes
  • "The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimated that U.S. crude oil production averaged 12.1 million barrels per day (B/D) in March, up 0.3 million B/D from the February average. The EIA forecasts that U.S. crude oil production will average 12.4 million B/D in 2019 and 13.1 million B/D in 2020, with most of the growth coming from the Permian Basin region of Texas and New Mexico. "
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  • "For today’s tech-savvy car buyers, in-vehicle electronics are no longer luxury items. Buyers’ expectations require connectivity as a standard option and one’s personal mobile device should work seamlessly and securely with the vehicle’s infotainment system. Also high on the buyers’ wish list are advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) with radar, light detection and arranging (LiDAR) and cameras sensors that collectively provide a greater level of vehicle safety."
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  • "UL, a global safety science leader, announces the acquisition of kVA, a U.S.-based technical and management consulting company that specializes in training and advising automotive developers and suppliers on the safety of autonomous vehicles and electrification of automotive systems. The deal fortifies UL’s expertise in autonomous vehicle testing and certification and offers greater access to its global customers."
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  • "UL’s Standard Technical Panel (STP) 3030, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, developed UL 3030, Standard for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, through stakeholder collaboration. UL 3030 covers the electrical system of UASs, as defined in the standard, used inflight for commercial applications or flight incidental to business applications."
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  • "Demand for certified products continues to rise, with 40 percent of consumers in six markets—Brazil, China, Germany, India, the U.K. and the U.S.—identifying certification labels on product packaging as the most trusted indicators about whether a product is environmentally or socially responsible. Our globally recognized and accepted Marks can help you meet that demand. "
  • "Our Environmental and Sustainability certifications, such as UL GREENGUARD® and ECOLOGO®, and Environmental Claim Validations (ECVs) can differentiate your products in the marketplace by providing third-party Verification that they are as sustainable as they claim to be. Each one of our distinct Marks indicate that your products have undergone rigorous testing, review and auditing procedures to meet specific, science-backed standards—helping build trust with your consumers while giving you a distinct marketplace advantage. "
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  • "Dedicated to healthcare industry innovation, we leverage decades of advanced technical, regulatory, and clinical expertise to help clients manage regulatory and global market access issues and address emerging connected device risks. We help to ensure that medical devices are safe to deploy for use in an increasingly patient-centric and connected environment and support clients in solving critical health, safety, security, and interoperability challenges."
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  • "Carlos Correia is the Senior Vice President & General Manager for Latin America, the fastest growing region at Underwriters Laboratories (UL). "
  • "Carlos leads UL’s business in the Latin America region. He’s responsible to define and execute the strategy to drive profitable business grow. To maximize UL competitiveness, he’s focused on market opportunities, clients’ collaboration and business partnerships. To improve the business performance, he’s leveraging internal synergies, executing operational improvements, scaling smaller divisions and launching new (g)local offerings, supported by a high-performance culture. To support UL’s long term growth, he’s driving leadership & technical development programs and launching transformational digital initiatives."
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  • "AWS Truepower, a UL company and expert in renewable energy consulting and engineering services, participated in a continent-wide study that examined the viability of a low-carbon interconnected electricity system from Mexico to Argentina. The work was performed by employees of AWS Truepower, LLC which has since been acquired by UL."
From Part 04
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  • "Global Compliance with Local Service UL has its own accredited laboratories and offices throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia so you can work with UL experts close to you locally to help you obtain the required certifications and approvals you need to sell your products in your target markets. Together with the UL experts located in your destination market, the UL team provides seamless support to you across time zones."
  • "Total Solutions Whether you’re interested in one country or multiple markets across the world, UL takes an integrated and customized service approach to meet all of your product compliance needs. UL’s global service package provides the complete compliance solution spanning the entire process and across multiple regulations such as those for safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), radio/wireless and energy efficiency, etc."
  • "Speed to Market Working with UL also allows you to take advantage of streamlined service paths through UL’s participation in global certification schemes, e.g., CB Scheme, and close cooperation with other organizations around the world. This often means you can gain the certifications or approvals for many countries without the need for retesting or working with multiple organizations. In the end, this translates to faster time-to-market with reduced cost."
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  • "UL’s Global Market Access services give you the ability to achieve and maintain product compliance; increase speed to market; reduce costs; improve market success, product safety, overall compliance and quality; and manage risk. Manufacturers can choose any combination of our services to fit specific needs or have UL deliver a turnkey solution in which we handle the entire process and deliver the desired certifications, marks and regulatory approvals."
  • "Whether it is pretesting of new designs or testing for compliance and acceptance toward entry into your target markets, UL has a global network of laboratories and resources that can provide testing services where you need it. UL’s participation in global certification schemes such as the CB Scheme allows you to conduct one set of tests that provides access to multiple markets with limited or no need to retest depending on the market."
  • "With a network of offices around the world, you can work with UL staff locally to gain the global certifications, management system registrations and product acceptance you need. UL is accredited to issue many of your target certifications directly as a certification office or by participation in global certification schemes. UL has also established strategic relationships with regulatory bodies throughout the world to obtain the certifications and registrations on your behalf."
  • "Through expert assessment of products to determine quality and compliance, UL may conduct initial and follow-up factory inspections required to obtain and maintain the certification required in your target markets."
  • "With unparalleled insight, support and solutions, UL may conduct initial and follow-up audits required to advance your business in the world marketplace."
  • "UL’s intellectual assets include our exceptional Global Market Access team of professionals with vast technical, regulatory and industry experience. We provide an objective and expert perspective on your situation, applying a wide range of resources and experiences to build an integrated approach to solving specific or complex issues related to maintaining compliance to the changing global regulatory scheme."
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  • "Manufacturers, importers, retailers or traders seeking to bring their electrical and electronic products to the global market face challenges in managing compliance with technical regulations. In the absence of harmonised standards and requirements as well as differing national standards across countries and regions, manufacturers need to be aware of the regulations for each country or region they want to access. "
  • "Some countries and jurisdictions impose specific technical restrictions such as product testing, certification and shipment inspection requirements. In addition, the complex regulatory framework in some countries is constantly being updated and expanded."
  • "We act as your international regulatory approvals department. Our experts provide guidance on the compliance requirements and approval strategy for each country. We also perform product testing to the correct test standards as required, in some cases provide access to local representation for clients with no presence in the respective countries or regions, prepare applications on your behalf, perform a post-submission follow-up with the authorities/ certification bodies, conduct training for your staff on technical standards used for implementation of regulations, and update you on the latest regulatory changes."
  • "Tailored solutions - Based on research of regulatory requirements, certification stipulations and schemes for target markets and product. Interface with regulators - Interface with governmental organisations and certification bodies on behalf of clients lacking local representation."
  • "Testing - Product testing for a single or family of products in accordance with required test standards. Global knowledge bank - Regulation database for different products and countries, including national requirements, policies and technical regulations."
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  • "Shaping mobility around the globe TÜV SÜD's experts are represented in all important bodies worldwide, playing a proactive role in shaping the regulations for innovative technologies such as electromobility or autonomous driving and thereby ensuring standards are harmonised, which will significantly facilitate market access in the future. Taking the example of highly automated vehicles, TÜV SÜD is a European partner in the International Alliance for Mobility Testing and Standardization (IAMTS). "
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  • "We continue to support product innovation by expediting certification services and expanding our scope of service to support manufacturers’ drive to market. For example, given the increasing use of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for interconnected devices, our Global Market Access (GMA) group now assists with radio frequency testing and product approvals for more than 20 countries"
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  • "Our progress at NTS is because every person in every department on every team is 100 percent dedicated to delivering innovation, efficiency and quality to our customers in all aspects of our business; from testing to inspections to customer service,” Adams added."