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Automotive Services

Testing and Consulting for Raw Materials and Component Parts


Suppliers and manufacturers of products intended for the automotive and trucking industries need to be confident that their products meet customer expectations along with the required safety, regulatory and government standards. The need to meet these objectives is crucial. Non-compliance can run the risk of enforcement under various national, state, or municipal laws. Poor quality products can result in customer dissatisfaction, hazard, and injury. Both can negatively impact brand image.


Bureau Veritas offers a suite of testing and consulting services to assist automotive and truck parts manufacturers and suppliers in meeting various international and regional requirements. Testing can determine if your products comply with regulatory requirements and industry standards, if manufactured to specifications, how the products perform against a set of established criteria, and how different suppliers’ products perform against one another.

Our understanding of regulatory and quality requirements, along with our technical leadership and experience working with high-profile multinational companies, can provide you with solutions that will demonstrate best business practices and your commitment to quality products.

What are the key benefits?
• Demonstrate compliance to applicable regulations
• Compare product performance between suppliers
• Determine if a product will be damaged in transport
• Analyze how normal usage or environmental factors will affect a product

Our Approach

Bureau Veritas has been delivering testing, inspection, and advisory services to the automotive and trucking supply chain for many years now from our centers of excellence in USA, France and China. Our services include but are not limited to the following:

Environmental Testing:
• Determine the effect the environment will have on automotive parts. Testing in our programmable environmental chambers can analyze components for defects caused by exposure to various elements such as high heat or humidity.
Corrosion Testing simulates environmental exposure through the use of dedicated corrosion chambers. We can determine rate of corrosion when tested to set parameters.

Material Testing: Evaluate material quality and performance. Testing can encompass chemical characteristics, corrosion, environmental and durability, failure analysis, flammability, materials analysis, metallurgy, packaging as well as physical properties.
Tensile and compression testing can verify materials used within components are strong yet lightweight.
Hardness testing will determine the hardness of the component and that the material is resistant to indentation, deformation, or penetration.
Leakage testing confirms that hoses used in the construction of the automobile be able to withstand repeated use. Testing will determine that there will not be any leakage during actual use

Impact testing on varying thicknesses of plastic components determines impact resistance.

Performance Testing
Static Load testing involves the lifting and application of weight to a particular component, such as a seat, to determine any structural failures under various loading applications.
• Using customized cycling applications, our Pneumatic Cylinder Testing confirms the durability of components over repeated use.

Transit Packaging Testing: Anticipate how the integrity of a product is maintained in the warehouse and during shipping.
• The component within its packaging is subjected to various tests that are designed to simulate warehouse conditions (e.g. palletized loads, compression trucks, stacking, etc).
• Existing ISTA standards are then used to simulate varying transportation environments to determine how well the components fare during shipping.

Chemical / Analytical Testing:
Identify hazardous substances that may be in components or used during manufacturing to overcome challenges of complying with various regulations. These can include chemicals such as VOCs, heavy metals, phthalates, BPA, latex, flame retardants, formaldehyde and FTIR.

Softlines / Fabric Testing:
Standard textile testing, leather identification, and motor vehicle flammability for items such as seat covers, leather seats and trims.


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