New Chemical Industry Portal to offer Quality Assurance Capabilities

May 19, 2000, an online quality assurance provider, has announced a strategic partnership with, a newportal serving the chemically related needs of industry. The site is due to launch June 2000. The partnership will provide a convenient one-stop method for's customers to use the services of enables both buyers and sellers to make confident and informed purchasing and selling decisions in a global environment by providing sampling, surveying and testing of industrial commodities. The site contains industry-testing standards for most industrial nations,and a database of materials and testing results.

"The partnership with allows us to increase our outreach andenables an environment of fair trading online," said Kathleen Forsyth, Vice President of Strategic Alliances for "We are excited about working with as a strategic partner."

"This partnership is pivotal in our ability to deliver a one stop shop and full value package to the customer," said Lee Metzman,executive vice president for "'s ability to standardize and coordinate tests are critical as the chemical industry moves onto the web. This is a classic win-win for us all."

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