On September 28, UL Environment co-hosted a seminar in Vietnam where manufacturers learned how testing and certification can help them gain access to global furniture markets. Guiseppe Barisan, global operations director at UL Furnishings and Scott Steady, product manager for chemical emissions testing and certification at UL Environment discussed global emissions regulations that apply to furniture and how manufacturers can design and manufacture products for low chemical emissions.
Topics included the risk of formaldehyde used in industrial resins and adhesives, including those used to make composite wood products. UL speakers explained how performance testing and safety certifications can improve product quality, and how to develop a testing plan. Furniture tip-over was also discussed, as well as the consequences of furniture recalls.
“Phạm Thị Thu Hằng, general secretary of the Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that because of the country’s participation in many free trade agreements, the wooden industry was expected to develop strongly. She urged local furniture firms to pay more attention to meeting consumer demand for environmentally friendly products, obtaining certificates such as GreenGuard, as well as conducting market research and building brands for their products.”
Giuseppe Barisan, global operations director at UL Furnishings (far right) and Scott Steady, product manager for chemical emissions testing and certification at UL Environment (second from right) were speakers at a seminar in Vietnam on 9.28 called “Learn to Navigate Global Furniture Regulations to Expand Your Business”.