Intertek expands in America

Testing group Intertek has snapped up a North American product quality and benchmarking group for £4.1m. The firm, 4th Strand, was previously owned by management and is used by retailers to test their product lines. Intertek chief Wolfhart Hauser said: “Their services will increase our consulting capability to existing North American and global clients who seek to deliver high quality products under their own-brand labels and to our customers more broadly in the area of product benchmarking.”