Brexit prompts move to Dublin for BRE Global.
Between 15 and 20 people will be employed at a new Conformité Européenne (CE) testing operation as part of a €3.5m investment by BRE Global.
Plans are underway to create a new test laboratory in Dublin later this year that will employ local engineers, scientists and technicians to test a range of construction and fire protection products.
The facility represents a €3.5m investment by BRE Global, which said it sees strong growth indicators in the global marketplace for independent testing, certification and CE marking, for construction and related products and materials.
Sparking a new safety industry
BRE announced its plans to transfer its CE marking business to a new Dublin base this morning (12 March), in preparation for the UK’s exit from the European Union next year.
“Our skills base in key technical areas will help BRE move on to a new chapter of its expansion,” said Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, TD.
“Ireland will be an exciting new base for the company and I look forward to BRE developing Ireland’s reputation as a location for world-class and internationally recognised testing and certification work.”
BRE Global has been an EU notified body for the testing and certification of a wide portfolio of construction products and systems for more than 17 years.
With support from the Irish Government to apply for EU notified body status in Ireland, its current activities under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and other directives will transfer across to the new company called BRE Global Ireland Ltd once the submission has been approved.
“BRE Global has been carrying out independent third-party technical assessment of construction products for CE marking for a number of years. This is a very important step to enable us to continue to deliver the service that our current and future clients need, whether manufacturers, importers or distributors of construction products within Europe,” explained Dr Debbie Smith, managing director of BRE Global.
“We are very pleased to be welcomed and supported by our Irish colleagues in making this happen,” Smith said.
BRE Global currently provides manufacturers with complete CE marking services for products that are covered by harmonised European Standards and European Technical Assessments under the CPR.
It also provides testing and attestation of conformity services under the Marine Equipment Directive, Pressure Equipment Directive and Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive.