New start in Stotel after 10 successful years in Brake
In 1980, the lab was founded by Siemens AG in Brake/Unterweser as a development lab for automotive wiring and electrical system components. In 2000, the division was taken over by LEONI AG and has been accredited by the DAP (Deutsches Akkreditierungssystem Prüfwesen GmbH) since July 2000.
Since 1 July 2003, the lab has been a separate, independent company under the name "LABCO GmbH". At the beginning, there were only four employees working at the lab under the leadership of Managing Director Costakis Constantinou, with the number of personnel growing consistently over the past years. In 2014, that figure had already reached over 25 highly qualified experts from the widest variety of backgrounds in technical fields and the natural sciences.
In 2012, it became clear that the lab in Brake would be too small to accommodate another expansion. A new, attractive site was found for a new edifice in Loxstedt-Stotel, some 20 km from the previous company headquarters and on the other side of the Weser River.
On a property covering approximately 7400 m², two highly modern lab buildings were constructed encompassing a gross area of around 1700 m². The new lab provides sufficient space for urgently needed additional equipment and additional personnel. This project placed great emphasis on energy-efficient design. The move into the new lab was made at the end of February 2014.
The spectrum of testing services has also been continuously expanded over time. While the business started focussing exclusively on automotive wiring from Siemens and LEONI production, today the wiring from a wide array of renowned manufacturers as well as additional electrical system components are tested, such as safety systems, (HV) plug systems, fuses, etc., and even electrical-hydraulic bonded systems for suitability. LABCO can also test components from other industries, such as domestic appliances, ship building and the aerospace industry.
The company currently holds accreditation for more than 160 specifications and standards, with that number being constantly expanded within the scope of re-accreditation.