SGS Announces Opening of Footwear Testing Facility in Indonesia
05/21/2015

SGS in Indonesia is proud to announce the opening of its new Footwear Physical Laboratory in Jakarta, Cilandak.

Online PR News – 21-May-2015 – Hong Kong, China – Footwear Testing Laboratory Adds to SGS Network

The new testing facility builds on Indonesia’s successful footwear testing services, offered since 2011.

The leather and footwear testing laboratory now provides the full range of physical and chemical testing to the industry. For consumers, shoes represent fashion and personal style, as well as a personal protective device for daily life. Compromising the quality of any part can result in disappointment and even injury to users.

The Full Range of Footwear Testing Services on Offer

To ensure the quality and safety of shoes, SGS’s new testing laboratory can help shoe and footwear manufacturers to test for the broadest range of parameters:

Raw material testing for uppers, sock linings, outsoles and metal components:
- Colorfastness
- Thickness
- Flexing
- Strength
- Hardness
- Compression
- Leather Spewing
- Outsole Abrasion
- Water Resistance
- Metal Tarnishing/Corrosion
- Breathability

Whole shoe tests for sport shoes, dress shoes, sandals, infant and children’s shoes:
- Whole shoe flexing
- Whole shoe water resistance
- Bonding strength
- Component strength and functioning
- Safety ageing

Frequently requested chemical test items for footwear:
- Chromium VI for leather (http://www.sgs.com/en/Consumer-Goods-Retail/Softlines-and-Accessories/Footwear-and-Leather-Products/Chromium-VI-Solutions.aspx)
- Phthalates
- Heavy metals (e.g. lead and cadmium)
- Chlorinated phenols
- Polyaromatic hydrocarbon
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

SGS Responds to Increasing Call for Footwear Testing

Increasing consumer awareness about product safety, and increased regulation in key markets is driving the need for full and effective shoe and footwear testing. Many countries, including the EU and USA, have reported the need to recall footwear as a result of a product’s failure to comply with chemical and physical quality requirements. In addition, countries including China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have also created standards regulating the physical and chemical requirements for imported shoes and footwear products.

About SGS Footwear Testing Services

The footwear industry faces challenges including product safety, quality, functionality, as well as environmentally and socially sustainable production (http://www.sgs.com/en/Consumer-Goods-Retail/Softlines-and-Accessories/Footwear-and-Leather-Products/ECOSECURE-Product-Mark.aspx). SGS’s unrivalled experience and expertise in this sector and in consumer goods testing makes it the ideal partner to help brands, retailers, sourcing companies and manufacturers to comply with regulatory standards, protecting the brand and the consumer.

For more information, please contact an SGS representative.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.