ERC Testing Open Day


Glass & Glazing Products Magazine: 16th May 2017.

ERC Testing, the Leigh based test house set up in 2016 to facilitate testing of window, doors and safety glass, recently opened its doors to visitors keen to get a greater understanding of the types of testing that take place and learn more about what each of the tests involve.

Mike Hackett, test laboratory manager, explained: “The open day was the perfect opportunity for us to dispel the myths about product testing. When customers are putting products in to be tested, it can be quite daunting, but we talk through each process so they have a full understanding of what is taking place with an aim to taking the stress out of the situation. We have tested a variety of doors and windows manufactured using PVC, aluminium or timber. Main tests include weather testing (air, wind & water), security testing to PAS 24: 2016, and other operation tests. Safety glass testing may include impact testing (EN 12600), fragmentation testing (EN 12150-1) and 4-point bend testing EN 1288-3). As a test house, we are a new name in the industry, but I’ve been in the fenestration industry for 30 years now so have a good understanding of products and production processes and my colleague Pete for 17 years, which definitely helps as we are able to see if from the customers’ side of things.”

Pete Fradley, test laboratory technician, continued: “The feedback we’ve received to date has been extremely positive in terms of our product knowledge and the way we communicate each process. Another huge plus for us is our location, as the laboratory is located in Leigh, Lancashire to allow easy motorway access for clients not only in the North but also based in South, together with those in Ireland & Northern Ireland. When we’re not carrying out the actual tests or writing up the reports, we spend time researching and developing what we do to ensure we are keeping up to date with any market changes. We’re pleased that ERC Testing has had a fantastic first year and we’re looking forward to building on that success and our reputation in the years to come.”

Bill Keating, managing director of ERC Testing concluded: “ERC Testing works in close cooperation with CENSolutions, ER Certification and TÜV Rheinland Nederland B.V., providing a customer oriented, comprehensive approach towards improving the quality and reliability of glass, windows and doors supplied to the UK market. By working closely together we can ensure our customers have access to everything they need in order to obtain product certification with all of the help and guidance they might need. We are delighted to say our first year has gone incredibly well. ERC Testing has completed the circle in terms of our cooperation partners and our customers are most definitely enjoying the benefit of that.”


Gintreda Joinery delighted with certification from CENSolutions

Although relatively new to the market place, Harefield based joinery company Gintreda, has already made a name for itself as a manufacturer of high quality timber windows and doors. In need of a certification provider, they decided CENSolutions, the largest supplier of quality certification in the window, door and glass industries, was the right supplier for them – and are delighted with that decision.

Sandra Gudziunaite, the Manager at Gintreda Joinery explains: “The service we have received from CENSolutions has been outstanding. From our initial chat with them we felt immediately at ease and that feeling has remained constant throughout the process.  If you don’t deal with it on a day to day basis, certification can be rather daunting and deemed a hassle, but they have helped us through the entire process working in close cooperation with ER Certification, ERC Testing and TÜV Rheinland and it’s been hassle-free – we are delighted with the result.

“We are a family run business and in many ways, we see a lot of similarities in their approach, which is one of the things we like about them. We are extremely proud of how much we have achieved since setting up the business in February 2016 and appreciate the speed in which the guys at CENSolutions satisfied all of our certification needs.  If you want a friendly, knowledgeable, hassle free certification provider, then you should call CENSolutions.  We look forward to a long working partnership in the years ahead.”

Gintreda Joinery holds the CENSolutions Bronze, Silver and Gold CMS Marks for their windows and doors. For more information visit or call 01895 639871.