Service Overview

G.I.T.O is a leading provider of independent analytical services. The analytical services laboratories are staffed by trained chemists, material scientists, technicians and laboratory management with years of knowledge and expertise. Analytical laboratory testing expertise, from advanced research projects to routine quality tests. G.I.T.O analytical laboratories provide materials testing services for a broad range of clients, markets and industries. G.I.T.O offers analytical laboratory techniques, laboratory instrumentation and testing methods, providing the critical analysis information clients need for trouble-shooting, research, quality control and many other requirements and applications. G.I.T.O scientists and technicians provide the crucial laboratory support you need to help run your business and meet product research, development, and quality goals.

Chemical Testing and Analysis

Chemical testing and analysis is vital for regulatory compliance and to understand the quality and composition of chemical substances and materials that are used in products, industrial processes and manufacturing.
G.I.T.O’s chemical testing and analysis services includes trace analysis, metals testing, contamination detection and identification of unknown substances.
G.I.T.O’s global network of chemistry laboratories is equipped with a wide range of techniques and instrumentation to meet any chemical analysis challenge or requirement. We provide advanced research and testing expertise, and test to ISO 17025, Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and other recognized industry standards. We perform testing protocols according to standard methodologies (ISO, EN, BS, ASTM, DIN, etc.) and are experts in developing tailored analytical methods and performing method validation for specific testing applications.

Materials Analysis Techniques

Our laboratories provide advanced and routine materials mechanical testing characterization, data interpretation and expertise. Materials analysis techniques include:

  • Microscopy
  • Surface analysis
  • Chromatography
  • Mass spectrometry
  • NMR analysis
  • Thermal analysis
  • Spectroscopy techniques including FTIR analysis or Raman analysis.

Polymers and Plastic Analysis

Across the polymers and plastics supply chain, a range of challenges are encountered in safety, quality, process, regulatory compliance, performance and lifecycle. Whether you are a base chemical provider, additive supplier, converter, compounder or end user, overcoming these challenges can give your business a significant commercial advantage.
G.I.T.O’s polymers and plastics services can help you to improve and qualify materials and products and meet worldwide regulatory requirements.

Polymer and plastic testing services include physical, thermal, rheological, optical, aging, barrier, surface, flammability and mechanical properties which identify the characteristics of your raw materials or polymer and whether they meet specification. Our insight can help you to understand how suitable the materials are for application and how they age.

Our experts can advise on formulation development, competitor material de-formulation, comparative analysis of blends, regulatory submission data requirements and how polymer additives relate to performance.

We can also help you navigate the complex world of regulation. Our regulatory consultants are experts in industry regulations and guidelines such as food contact materials regulations, ASTM, restricted substances, automotive industry guidelines, emission standards, import regulations and toy manufacture legislation.

Our laboratory scale polymer processing facility can support you in product and process development. From raw material selection, material development, compounding and conversion production stages to prototyping and final product, our experts can assist.

Polymers and plastics are some of the most versatile materials in existence and are used in all aspects of our daily lives. They have revolutionized the manufacture of consumer products and industrial applications such as aerospace, automotive, electronics and packaging. Our scientists have the specialist industry knowledge that can bring you the insight you need to progress product development, ensure compliance and achieve a successful market launch for the application you are working on.

Materials Analysis

Materials analysis is necessary to characterize and evaluate the quality and performance of materials. It supports innovation in industries such as engineering and manufacturing. Materials such as polymers, plastics, composites, metals, alloys, ceramics, paper and board have diverse properties that impact performance, therefore an understanding of your material’s properties is essential to determine if your material or product is suitable for its intended use or to rectify a failure.
The quality of your materials, resolve performance issues, study failure issues to determine causes and provide solutions. These issues can be addressed better when you understand your material’s composition, structure, properties (chemical, physical or mechanical).
Our materials analysis knowledge and experience spans a wide range of industry sectors including aerospace, automotive, nuclear, chemicals, oil and gas, polymers and plastics, packaging, adhesives, medical devices, textiles and apparel, building materials, electronics, composites, consumer products and nanomaterial.
Our materials analysis services evaluate material quality and provide the necessary insight to improve performance & resolve failure or contamination issues.

Our laboratories provide advanced and routine materials mechanical testing characterization, data interpretation and expertise. Materials analysis techniques include:

Chemical trace analysis is often complex. Our trace chemical testing services include trace metals analysis and organic compounds with detection down to trace and ultra-trace ranges, even for complex sample matrices. Chemical residues testing includes analysis, detection and identification of residues and this expertise is regularly deployed to solve industry problems.

A wide range of chemical analysis capabilities is available to ensure that products are compliant with regulations such as REACH and other global chemical notification requirements and ROHS. For some industries such as agrichemical or pesticides or pharmaceuticals, our laboratories can perform analysis under specific regulatory and quality guidelines such as Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) or Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

Resolving chemical contamination requires a rapid response. Intertek uses advanced laboratory instrumentation to quickly identify and troubleshoot contamination issues.

Backed by years of industry experience, we provide expert testing for a diverse range of materials including but not limited to polymers, plastics, metals, ceramics and paper.

Our experts use a variety of techniques, from semi-quantitative to fully quantitative methods, to identify and quantify the elemental composition of a metal alloy. Our chemical analysis of metals is used for manufacturing quality control, reverse engineering and failure investigations.

Using a wide range of elemental analysis techniques, our scientists can identify and quantify the elemental composition of chemical samples and compounds. Sample types include organic and inorganic analysis, aqueous and non-aqueous materials.

Petrochemical Testing

Petrochemicals tested include the entire complex range of hydrocarbon based chemicals derived from petroleum, natural gas, coal, and biomass. Primary petrochemicals tested include olefins, aromatics, and synthesis gas.

ASTM chemical testing methods are provided by G.I.T.O’s laboratories for chemical analysis of petrochemicals, compounds, materials, petroleum, fuels, consumer products, and other chemical substances.
G.I.T.O’s ASTM chemical analysis capabilities and expertise include quality control, trace analysis, ultra-trace analysis, contamination identification, purity and component testing, formulation, troubleshooting, and more.

Petrochemicals tested by G.I.T.O include a wide range of chemicals, such as monomers, polymers, solvents, basic feed stocks, intermediates, final products, etc. Chemical analysis and testing is performed to industry standards such as ASTM and to client and in-house protocols.

Chemicals tested include:

Petrochemical and Chemical Feed stocks:
  • Butadiene, BTX, (benzene, toluene and xylenes)
  • Ethylene
  • Gas oil
  • Naphtha
  • Para-xylene
  • Propylene
Intermediate Chemicals and other Chemicals:
  • 2-Ethylhexanol
  • Acetic acid
  • Acrylonitrile
  • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
  • Alkyl benzene
  • Alpha-olefins
  • Ammonia
  • Aniline
  • Bisphenol-A
  • Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, n-Butene
  • Polyamides
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyol
  • Polyolefins
  • Polyalpha-olefins
  • Caprolactum
  • Chlorobenzene
  • Cyclohexane
  • Cumene
  • Dimethyl terephthalate
  • Dioctyl phthalate
  • Dodecylbenzene
  • Expoxy resins
  • Ethanol
  • Ethanolamine
  • Solvents
  • Styrene monomer
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Terephthalic acid
  • Toluene diisocyanate
  • Ethoxylate
  • Ethylbenzene
  • 1,2-Dichloroethane, ethylene dichloride
  • Ethylene glycol
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • n-Hexene
  • Ketones
  • Linear alkyl benzene, LAB
  • Maleic anhydride
  • Vinyl chloride monomer, VCM
  • Vinyl acetate monomer
  • Urea
  • Toluene
  • Methanol
  • Methyl tert-butyl ether
  • Mixed Xylenes
  • Nitrobenzene
  • Nylons
  • Olefins
  • Ortho-xylene
  • Para-xylene
  • Phenol
  • Phosgene
  • Resins
  • Purified terephthalic acid
  • Polyurethane
  • Propylene oxide
  • Propylene glycol

…and many additional chemicals

Petroleum Analysis

G.I.T.O’s petroleum analysis laboratories test petroleum feed-stocks and petroleum refined products. From crude oil to fuels, petrochemicals, lubricants, and other hydrocarbon products, G.I.T.O analyzes petroleum related products to help clients meet quality and regulatory standards, troubleshoot problems, support research and development, and more.

Petroleum analysis capabilities include trace analysis, purity and component testing, quality control testing, detailed hydrocarbon analysis, contamination identification and much more.

Materials Analysis Techniques

Petroleum testing services support the entire petroleum products range: crude oil,
refined petroleum products, refined fuels including gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, residual oil,
LPG, petrochemicals, industrial gases, and natural gas.

Trace analysis laboratories provide trace and ultra-trace analysis of crude oil, petroleum feed stocks, fuels, fuel blends, chemicals, and other products. G.I.T.O trace analysis analytical methods include GC, GC-MS, ICP, ICP-MS and other trace detection techniques.
Trace analysis capabilities include ppm, ppb, and ppt trace detection levels. Trace analysis detects compounds, additives, contamination, and supports quality control. Trace analysis of hydrocarbons reduces quality control risks during refining, production, cargo custody transfer, and helps manage QC problems affecting operations, processing, production yields, product quality, and regulatory compliance.

Petroleum laboratories test crude oil, petroleum feed-stocks, fuels and other petroleum refined products. Petroleum lab testing services support petroleum refining, cargo inspection, upstream, and related petroleum industry operations. Petroleum products tested include crude oil, fuels, gases, aromatics, petrochemicals, intermediate products, asphalt, pet-coke, pipeline transmix and more.

Detailed Hydrocarbon Analysis (DHA) provides in-depth molecular composition testing data for crude oil feed stocks, fuels, and other petroleum products.

Detailed hydrocarbon analysis tests:
  • ASTM D5134: Detailed analysis of petroleum naphtha through n-Nonane by gas chromatography (GC).
  • ASTM D6729: Individual components in spark ignition fuels by high resolution GC.
  • ASTM D6730: Individual components in spark ignition fuels by (pre-column) high resolution GC.
  • ASTM D6733: Individual components in spark ignition fuels by capillary high resolution GC.
  • Additional hydrocarbon analysis is available, including GC/MS, ICP/MS and more.

The full range of hydrocarbons produced, processed, and refined by the oil and gas industry are tested, analyzed, and inspected by G.I.T.O laboratories and offices serving petroleum and petrochemical clients across the world. Hydrocarbon testing is performed to accepted industry standards, including ASTM, ISO, API, and other methods.

Hydrocarbons tested include:
  • Natural Gas (methane)
  • LPG Testing and Inspection (LPG) 
  • Gasoline (naphtha, octane)
  • Jet Fuel (kerosine)
  • Diesel
  • Fuel Oil
  • Bitumen (asphalt)
  • Crude Oil (petroleum)
  • and many other products

Petrochemical testing can extend to trace and ultra-trace level analysis. Chemical testing expertise includes purity & component, trace composition, trace contamination, quality control, troubleshooting, and other chemical analysis expertise.

Petrochemicals tested include the entire complex range of hydrocarbon based chemicals derived from petroleum, natural gas, coal, and biomass. Primary petrochemicals tested include olefins, aromatics, and synthesis gas.

Petrochemicals tested:
  • ASTM Chemical Testing
  • Petrochemicals Tested

Forensic Analytical and Scientific Services

G.I.T.O has a proven ability for scientific innovation and problem solving, its laboratories are leaders in bio analysis, pharmaceuticals, polymer science and metallurgy.
Analytical support to forensic investigators is provided through data provision, problem solving and consultancy. Forensic analytical laboratory facilities include ultra-trace analysis.

  • Forensic investigations and expertise
  • Industrial Forensic Science, including for Legal / Insurance submissions
  • Textile testing and Fiber / particulate identification
  • Reverse engineering of commercial materials
  • Mechanical testing of products and packaging
  • Trace evidence, hair and fiber investigations
  • Drug identification and GLP Method Development
  • Fracture and failure investigation of materials
  • Particulate Contamination analysis
  • Metallurgy, Corrosion, Chemical Resistance investigations