Q-Lab Corporation is a global provider of material durability testing products since 1956. We design and manufacture standard test substrates as well as weathering, light stability, and corrosion testers. In addition, contract test services which include accelerated laboratory testing are available at Q-Lab Florida, Q-Lab Arizona, and Q-Lab Deutschland. Outdoor exposure testing for weathering, lightfastness and corrosion are available at Q-Lab Florida and Q-Lab Arizona. Our weathering products and services are used by material scientists and technicians in numerous industries including: additives and colorants, adhesive and sealants, automotive, building materials (such as roofing and siding), fabrics/textiles, food and beverages, graphic arts/inks, paints and coatings, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, plastics and packaging, and renewable energy (such as solar).
Our modern corporate headquarters, R&D, and manufacturing facilities are located in Westlake, a beautiful suburb of Cleveland, Ohio USA. Q-Lab sales and distribution facilities are located in Manchester, England, Saarbrucken, Germany, and Shanghai, China. Q-Lab's A2LA accredited laboratory and outdoor testing facilities are located in Homestead, Florida (Certificate Number 0859-01) and Buckeye, Arizona (Certificate Number 0859-02). We've also just opened a new accelerated testing lab at our Saarbrücken, Germany location (Certificate Number 0859-03).
A young pilot in the US Air Corps returned to civilian life after serving his country. His name was George Grossman, and he began a new career selling supplies and equipment to paint labs in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Wherever he went, George made it a practice to ask his customers, 'What do you need that you can't get from your current suppliers?' Many customers told George that they needed a consistent, reproducible test surface. They wanted to make sure that if a coating failed during testing, it was because of a bad paint and not because of a contaminated substrate.
George founded Q-Panel Lab Products in 1956 to fulfill this industry need. When designing the first test panels, George was looking for a way to place a logo on his product that would not be obscured when the lab technicians sprayed the panels with paint. He decided that a 'Q' shaped hole would do the trick. Plus, it would represent the quality and quick delivery that George wanted for his panels.
50 years later, Q-Lab Corporation has established the global standard for affordable, reliable, and easy to use weathering, lightfastness, and corrosion test equipment and test services. This philosophy and customer-first approach has made us 'the most trusted name in weathering'.
Read more about the entire history of Q-Lab in pictures below.