Catas opens new furniture testing laboratory

Catas has opened its new furniture laboratory, a modern building rising from the ashes of the fire of December 20, 2016, at Catas headquarters in San Giovanni al Natisone, Italy.

“We faced together, forming a team and continuing to work, to carry out tests, to respond to the needs of our customers while the new laboratory grew up day by day", said Bernardino Ceccarelli, during of the opening ceremony held on October 14 in the presence of numerous representatives of the institutions and of the Italian and international furniture sector.

The new furniture laboratory was built in less than two years (the site was opened in October 2017) with an investment of 4 million euros, entirely covered by the own resources of Catas.

The two-floor building has more than four thousand square meters. The ground floor has the 2,300 square meter laboratory, with controlled temperature and humidity, a fiber optic data transmission system and more than hundred machines and equipment for network-connected tests according to the rules of Industry 4.0.

In the basement is a warehouse of 2 thousand square meters and spaces for meetings and training courses; on the roof a 320 kW photovoltaic system to produce energy from the sun.

Catas today has 54 employees and carries out over 50,000 tests every year for two thousand customers all over the world, with a turnover exceeding 7 million euros. The new laboratory will significantly enhance the institute's "productivity", which from January 2020 will also be equipped with 30 new test machines for the analysis of formaldehyde and VOC (volatile organic compounds) emission. See

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