Intertek recently announced the opening of a state-of-the-art lubricant and oil condition monitoring (OCM) testing laboratory in South Africa. The lab expansion enables the company to meet increasing market demand and shorten project turnaround time for lubricants testing.

The new OCM laboratory, which is located in the Johannesburg area, will offer lubricant analysis, used-oil testing and oil conditioning monitoring services with modern testing instrumentation.

By measuring wear metals and other components, Intertek OCM scientists and technicians can spot lubricant and machine quality and operational problems early and help customers avoid expensive repairs and shutdowns. Lubricant testing data reviewed by Intertek OCM professionals can offer an early warning "damage prevention" service, catching developing problems before they become costly failures.

Intertek also provides lubricant manufacturers with feedstock and product quality-control analysis, and conducts automotive engine qualifications testing to assist lubricant manufacturers in developing products approved for new government regulations and industry standards.

"Intertek's oil condition monitoring laboratory and staff in South Africa bring years of expertise and an expanded range of industrial experience, supporting clients in a rapidly growing region of the world," said Robert Markus, managing director for Intertek Sub-Saharan Africa. "Our goal is to exceed the customers' expectations through innovative services and prompt efficient testing and reporting turnaround times."

For more information, visit www.intertek.com.