Bureau Veritas Group’s Commodities Division recently announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art laboratory for China’s metals and minerals industry in Shanghai.

In the ceremony, Bureau Veritas Group CEO Didier Michaud-Daniel opened the first independent metals and minerals in Shanghai dedicated to commercial settlement quality testing of metal and mineral commodities; these include iron, nickel, chrome ores, ferroalloys and platinum group metals in catalysts.

The Shanghai laboratory adds to a network of Chinese offices and testing facilities housing the new equipment and techniques servicing regional demands of the metals and minerals industry with “services for precious metals, non-ferrous concentrates, non-ferrous metals, ferrous ores and concentrates, and ferro alloys,” said China Country Manager Davy Yuan. “Our plan is to expand our services and network capabilities across China.

“This facility will ensure local clients will benefit by the very latest independent technology supporting the growing demand for quality in the region,” said Sebastian Dannaud, vice president, North Asia; the new lab will be operational in Q4 2013.

With capabilities in an extensive range of commodities, the inspectorate provides independent inspection, sampling and testing services daily on a yearlong basis. Its network of labs across global trading locations, provide precision analytical testing to internationally recognized standards and customer-specific methodologies. These expert testing and inspection services are provided across industries, including metals and mining and oil and gas.

Founded in 1828, the Bureau Veritas Group is a global testing, inspection, and certification organization specializing in quality assurance, health, safety and environmental services. With more than 60,000 employees in more than 1,300 offices and laboratories in 140 countries, Veritas develops risk prevention and performance improvement solutions.