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FIRA International hosting Open Days to showcase new UKAS-Accredited facilities

Following their move to new custom-built facilities, our service provider, FIRA International, have confirmed the first of a number of Open Days to be held in January and February 2022.

FIRA International remain in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, with their new facilities close to their former location in Maxwell Road, where they had been based in since 1964. The Open Days aim to showcase the new UKAS-accredited facilities where delegates will get a full tour, including seeing flammability tests in action, an overview of the structures test bay, an insight into how their experts test finishes for worktops etc., and the ergonomics laboratory. There will also be the opportunity to meet their experts and ask questions, alongside an understanding of FIRA International’s work on behalf of the Furniture Industry Research Association.

Speaking on the planned events, Howard James, Testing and Technical Manager at FIRA International said, “We’re very proud of our new facilities and look forward to opening our doors to familiar faces from across the furniture sector, and welcoming those who are new to FIRA International.

“Due to the pandemic we’ve really missed the opportunity to share what we do with a wider audience, and we’ve had many requests to have the opportunity to visit Cockerell Close and see our new home. These Open Days will be the first in a more regular series, so if anyone is unable to attend in quarter one there will be further opportunities to come along, meet our experts and see everything we do here at FIRA International.”

The first set of Open Days are confirmed for:

  • Tuesday 18 January (PM)
  • Thursday 20 January (AM)
  • Tuesday 1 February (AM)
  • Thursday 3 February (PM)

All will run the same agenda, and early booking is advised via