Intertek and CAPA Enter into Exclusive License Agreement for Aftermarket Auto Parts Certification Program
Grand Rapids, Mich. – March 2, 2018 – Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, announces that it has entered into an exclusive services appointment and license agreement with the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA), an independent non-profit certification organization for automotive replacement parts.
The agreement grants Intertek exclusive rights to operate the CAPA certification program around the world, which includes managing daily operations, administering certification marks and labels, performing marketing activities and conducting testing and inspection services. CAPA will continue as a non-profit standard development organization, focusing on maintaining CAPA standards in support of its mission.
Aftermarket auto parts are made by manufacturers and used for post-sale repairs or enhancements in place of service parts produced by or for the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). As the global leader in aftermarket part certification for over 30 years, CAPA standards have been used worldwide to identify high quality aftermarket auto parts based on their design, materials, construction and true comparability to car company brand parts. Today, more than 92 million parts have achieved CAPA certification.
For more than 26 years, Intertek has served as the testing and validation partner to CAPA, accumulating years of expertise in performance, quality and reliability standards for the AM parts industry.
Tim Hubbard, Senior Vice President at Intertek said: “We are delighted to have entered into this agreement with CAPA, an organization which has long been the leader in certifying aftermarket automotive parts and providing peace of mind to customers. Intertek is committed to providing comprehensive services for all segments of the automotive industry, including aftermarket parts manufacturers. We look forward to leveraging our experience and global reach to build on CAPA’s legacy, while taking the program to new heights with increased speed to market and enhanced industry relationships, utilizing our Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions.”
Jack Gillis, Interim Executive Director of CAPA added: “At CAPA, our priority has always been to ensure that the market has access to high-quality, fairly priced, alternative parts that provide the same functionality as a car company brand part. Our partnership with Intertek has set the stage for the logical transition of CAPA’s program management to this highly respected, international testing company. Intertek’s extensive experience with CAPA, CAPA manufacturers, and automotive testing and certification will enable them to significantly grow the program while manufacturers and the marketplace will notice few outward changes.”
Intertek provides expertise on performance, quality and reliability standards and expectations for the automotive industries with efficient, cost-effective insights and testing capabilities. The Company is accredited to conduct hundreds of electrical, chemical, and mechanical tests for automotive components, products and systems. For more information, visit www.intertek.com/automotive/
A video describing how CAPA complements Intertek’s Total Quality Assurance services, can be viewed at www.intertek.com/investors/
About Intertek: Intertek is a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide. Our network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 42,000 people in more than 100 countries, delivers innovative and bespoke Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification solutions for our customers’ operations and supply chains. Intertek Total Quality Assurance expertise, delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion, enabling our customers to power ahead safely. For more information see intertek.com.
About CAPA: The Certified Automotive Parts Association, founded in 1987, is the nation’s only independent, non-profit certification organization for automotive crash parts whose sole purpose is to ensure that both consumers and the industry have the means to identify high quality parts via the CAPA Quality Seal. CAPA is an ANSI accredited standards developer for competitive crash repair parts. For more information see CAPAcertified.org.