New facility focuses on textile and footwear testing to partner Chinese companies to build global brands
XIAMEN, 12 November, 2013 ─ TÜV SÜD, a leading global inspection, testing and certification provider, has launched its new testing center in Xiamen. Dr. -Ing. Axel Stepken, Chairman of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD AG, and Mr. Dirk von Wahl, President & CEO of TÜV SÜD Greater China, attended the ceremony. As TÜV SÜD’s inaugural testing facility in Fujian Province, China, specializing in the textile and footwear industry, the Xiamen testing center will partner local clients with services backed by global experience, leading industry expertise and state-of-the-art facilities. The center aims to facilitate the transformation and upgrade of China’s consumer manufacturing industry by increasing the international competitiveness of China’s textile and footwear companies through a locally based diversified one-stop service with nationwide coverage. During the trip, Dr. -Ing. Axel Stepken met with the leader from General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of P.R.C. (AQSIQ) and the both parties exchanged the experience in EU market entry and supervision mechanisms and TÜV SÜD’s 150 years of marketization.
Located in Tong’an District, Xiamen, the new testing center provides Chinese companies with comprehensive services, including product quality testing, supply chain detection across the entire product life cycle of footwear, textile, bags, toys and hardgoods. The center is equipped with three specialized laboratories and boasts of teams of experienced technicians and advance equipment. The one-stop laboratory will effectively help local clients reduce testing lead time and costs. The chemical laboratory is equipped with precise instruments such as GC-MS, LC-MS (Single and Triple Quadruple), AAS instrument, ICP-OES instrument, which facilitate the testing for prohibited substances based on various international and national standards and reinforce the credibility of the testing reports. The physical laboratory features professional facilities throughout the testing site, with advanced technology in equipment and environmental controls, specialized in performance testing and quality control. The establishment of the Xiamen testing center enables TÜV SÜD to help Chinese textile and shoe manufacturers access global market, better meet the needs of global consumers, and consequently build distinguished brands, strengthening their international competitiveness.
Dr. -Ing Axel Stepken, Chairman of the Board of Management, TÜV SÜD AG said, “The opening of our new testing facility here in Xiamen is another important milestone in our internationalisation strategy. China is a key element of our Asia strategy and we have always believed in the outstanding development of this market and the opportunities it offers for our company.”
China’s export market of textile and footwear products has enjoyed a steady growth throughout 2013, witnessing an increase in export share to the EU. However, updates of the technical regulations by EU and US authorities are driving up the market entry threshold. In particular, the increase in product recall incidents and anti-dumping cases in recent years have created more stringent requirements for Chinese manufacturers in terms of technology and regulation enforcement. Faced with such challenges, Chinese textile and footwear manufacturers must understand the updated regulations and standards of importing countries, improve their testing capabilities to reduce export risk, establish quality management systems and implement changes throughout the entire supply chain to develop stronger and trusted Chinese brands. As an independent third-party technical service organization, TÜV SÜD is able to promote its added value for Chinese textile and footwear products and help manufacturers enter the global market with higher quality standards, bringing advanced concepts from Europe and insights on global standards to China.
Mr. Dirk von Wahl, President & CEO of TÜV SÜD Greater China stated, “China has traditionally been a major exporter of textile and footwear products, particularly, the Fujian Province is of especial importance. In recent years, several influential industrial manufacturing centers have emerged in this region. The export share attributable to this region has maintained a steady growth throughout this year. These factors endow Fujian Province with a critical role in the textile and footwear industries in China, and in the rest of the world as well.
“The establishment of the Xiamen testing center aims to focus the development of industry segmentations with local features and advantages, and provide our clients with convenient and efficient testing services locally to significantly improve product quality. TÜV SÜD is delighted to do our part in facilitating the transformation and upgrading the China’s manufacturing industry and consumer goods exports.”
TÜV SÜD started its business in China with testing and certification services for export products. Currently, it has developed into a third-party technical organization providing diversified services for the rise of “Made in China” products. The Greater China region is TÜV SÜD’s most important international market and is dedicated to achieving more efficient one-stop service by establishing large comprehensive testing centers. TÜV SÜD currently has testing centers in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuxi, Hong Kong and Taipei, with services covering the areas of softlines, mechanical safety, hardlines, electrical and electronics, etc. which deliver convenient and efficient services for local clients. Last September, TÜV SÜD also launched a large, extensive testing center in Shanghai, which is one of TÜV SÜD’s most comprehensive testing bases worldwide. With the launch of its new Xiamen testing center, TÜV SÜD will further strengthen its capabilities to support the demands of Chinese consumer goods for entry into the global market.