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Who are we

Solidbase Laboratory Ltd. is conveniently centrally located in Qormi, Malta. We carry out a wide range of testing and inspection services related to the building and construction industry throughout the Maltese islands as well as overseas.
From humble origins, we have grown to count over 800 years' cumulative experience. All members of staff are professionals in their field. We have a continual internal auditing and training program. Third-party accredited equipment calibration is complemented by our approved in-house calibration regime.

What we offer:

Quick Turnaround

Our laboratory is staffed with sufficient trained personnel to run both site works and sampling as well as keep up with the demand of carrying out laboratory tests to meet with client deadlines.

A Listening Ear

We are glad to accept constructive criticism from our clients and are proactive in meeting their needs.

Mobirise

Technological Approach

In this electronic age we appreciate the demand to remain up to date. Our in-house developed, bespoke Laboratory Management System is an all-encompassing platform to keep track of progress.

Customer Satisfaction

Without our cherished clients we wouldn't be here. It is this appreciation that drives our quest for constant improvement.


Contact us to find out more

Premises

We are conveniently situated in the centre of the island. Contrary to many other laboratories, our premises were constructed with a laboratory in mind, we don't operate from a converted garage or warehouse.

Ambient conditions are not only required during testing times but also for sample conditioning. For this reason, we have separate, air-conditioned laboratories and cordoned-off areas to create miniature independant ambient controlled environments. A few examples of this are in cement testing, where the smallest change in temperature will invalidate the test. Also, cement prism samples require not only temperature but also humidity control, which we are equipped to handle. The same is true of density and other temperature-sensitive tests. Cube tank temperatures need to be constantly monitored, for which we have cutting edge, automated monitoring technology.

Sample handling, storage and preparation is also important. As such we have a dedicated cube reception area in which concrete cubes are de-moulded in an area detached from the main laboratory. Heavy plant and drilling equipment are housed in a yard adjoining the laboratory for this purpose. Stores and offices also have dedicate locations, also directly accessible from the laboratory.


We would love to welcome you for a visit, just drop us a line.

Equipment

We take laboratory testing seriously. As proof of this is our inventory of equipment, which contains no less than 2,500 pieces, excluding consumables. Our computerised inventory database automatically prompts us to carry out maintenance or calibration on equipment as required by the relevant standards. Maintenance and calibrations are carried out before every use, weekly, monthly or yearly as required. Document procedures are follwed and all findings documented. Calibrations are carried out either in-house by our own competent and trained personnel, or by third-party accredited bodies, as required. Should we be required to carry out a new test, we won't shy away from purchasing the right equipment for the job. What's more, we only procure quality, pre-approved equipment.

ISO/IEC 17025:2005

General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories


This international standard specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out testing, calibrations, and sampling. It covers testing and calibration performed using standard, non-standard, and in-house methods. Solidbase is proud to confirm that it is the first laboratory of its kind in Malta to obtain such accreditation. View a copy of our certificate and accreditation scope or contact us to find out more.

ISO/IEC 17020:2012

Conformity assessment—Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspections

Although Solidbase has not yet obtained status as an inspection body, we are actively pursuing this goal. As such we will be able to carry out examination of a product, process, service, or installation or their design and determination of conformity with specific requirements or, on the basis of professional judgment, with general requirements.

Watch this space for developments.

Past projects

See a selection of projects we have worked on in the past from which you will get a feel what quality services we offer.

Health and Safety

Although safety requirements for the operation of laboratories is not covered by ISO/IEC 17025:2005 or other similar standards, Solidbase operates to its own internally set benchmarks. All staff is provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), is safety-conscious, and keenly promote on-the-job safety.

Timeline

Here are a few highlights of our achievements to date :

1 March 2005

SBL opens its doors for business

After many meetings, applications, recruiting and much blood, sweat, and tears, everything came together and Solidbase Laboratory opened its doors to the public, fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, operating from a warehouse in Safi.

1 March 2006

First year of operation

After a year of intense activity, we completed a successful first year in business, showing the shape of things to come. At this stage, clients include Malta International Airport, Smart City, Malta Freeport, real estate companies, foreign investors, authorities, and individual home owners.

December 2006

Facilities expanded

With a larger portfolio of services and business acumen comes the requirement for expansion. As such, Solidbase invested in new premises and equipment, offering a larger range of services to its clients. Now operating from Handaq, with 400 happy clients after just under two years in business. Website launched. Now ISO 9001:2000 certified.

July 2008

Purchase of first piling rig

The first of our three drilling rigs and three piling rigs was purchased new from Italy and commissioned. They have all been in constant use since. This necessitated an increase in workforce which was met by an increase in personnel.

July 2010

Successful accreditation application

After only 5 years in the business, Solidbase was granted accreditation to EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005, General Requierments for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories, thus being elevated to world-class standard. Our accreditation certificate as issued by the National Accreditation Board – Malta can be downloaded from the NAB-Malta website.

March 2014

Huge job landed—Coast Road

Solidbase Laboratory fulfilled the role of accredited independent quality control company on this €53m project split into two tenders, one stretching from Salini to Magħtab and the other from Magħtab to the Commonwealth Cemetery in St. Andrew's. We were responsible for certifying materials (quality control) and workmanship (quality assurance) according to specifications stipulated in the contract.

2016

Kappara Junction

Work started on the €22.4 million contract awarded to the Spanish joint venture SJ Kappara KV for the construction of the Kappara junction. Solidbase was appointed by them to carry out quality anssurance and quality control inspections. Apart from the construction of the grade-separated junction itself, the contract provided for the construction of the merging and diverging lanes to connect the overpass with the adjoining roads. Works completed in 2018.

2018 and beyond

The Future

We now look ahead to soldiering on into the future building on our success, shoulder to shoulder with you, our esteemed client.

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