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14 Aug,2013

TÜV Rheinland Greater China News

Accredited by CTIA for Rechargeable Lithium Battery Testing World’s First GS Certification for Robotic Lawn Mower Help Manufacturer Clear Tainted Starch Scare

Are You Ready

to Seize A Market Share in Greater China?

Along with manufacturing technology upgrades in Greater China, there come higher product quality and safety requirements.


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Contents ALIVE Are You Ready to Seize A Market Share in Greater China?

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FEATURED SERVICE 04/09

TÜV Rheinland Accredited by CTIA for Rechargeable Lithium Battery Testing

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Safety First in Engineering Machinery

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The Value of Partnerships - Succeed Together with Nankang Rubber Tire World’s First GS Certification for Robotic Lawn Mower

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Free Expert Testing for Children’s Toys

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The 10,000th New GS Certificate Issued to Lenovo

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TÜV Rheinland Helps Manufacturer Clear Tainted Starch Scare The New Test Mark Campaigns

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TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

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New Regulation for SASO EER Label Approval

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Published Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR

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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Taiwan Office Named Top 10 Outstanding Enterprise

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2013 Stanley Int’l Dragon Boat Championships

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TÜV Rheinland Supports Flood Victims

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Guangdong Office Welcomed School Children

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Nursing Room is Ready for Use in Ningbo Office

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GLOBAL NEWS FLASH Sweden

First Electric Vehicle with BiogasPower Generator

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Germany ISO 50001 Certification for Procter & Gamble

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Germany Technical Conditions Review in Porsche Centers

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USA

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New Power Inverter Testing Lab

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How to contact us

Chief Editor

Ricky Xu

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Editor

Clare Zhang Michelle xia Noral Lei Isaac Yuan

+86 400 883 1300 (China mainland) +852 21921022 (Hongkong) +886 2 25287007 (Taiwan)

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service-gc@tuv.com

2013.08

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ARE YOU REA

SEIZE A MARKET IN GREATER


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Along with manufacturing technology upgrades in Greater China, there come higher product quality and safety requirements. National and industrial standards are constantly being issued, amended, improved and made stricter. Inspections have become more frequent, and the requirements for market entry are always increasing. These factors have introduced huge challenges to companies.

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China and Switzerland officially signed the Free Trade Agreement between the People’s Republic of China and the Swiss Confederation on 6 July 2013 after nine rounds of negotiation over more than 2 years.

It is the first free trade agreement signed between China and a country in mainland Europe. The statistics from China Customs show that the growth of foreign trade in China dropped to -2% in June, the first drop in the past 17 months. Given the severity of the situation, the signing of the Free Trade Agreement carried even more value. On the Swiss side, the Free Trade Agreement presents many business opportunities to the country’s strong industries. Big brands and traders in the high-tech precise-

instrument manufacturing, pharmaceutical and chemical industries are eager to seize these opportunities in the Chinese and even the Greater China markets.


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Strong local demand for high-quality products from overseas Total imports Statistics show that China’s annual imports have maintained a two-digit growth on average over the past 5 years. This figure reached USD797.69 billion in May 2013, a 10.9% growth compared with the same period last year. The mainland China market has eliminated “unable to buy” or “difficult to buy” goods in almost every

7-8% first buyers

Data from the PanPacific Management Institute show that while overall consumption is increasing continuously, the proportion of local “first buyers” is decreasing at an annual rate of 7-8%.

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consumer good sector. The data also show the pursuit of high-quality products with good reputations. As local brands have suffered from repeated product safety issues in recent years, people have been losing confidence in local products, and the demand for fine imported products has been growing. According to the media, China and Iceland completed bilateral free trade negotiations in April this year. China is currently undergoing four negotiations with the Gulf Cooperation Council, Australia, Norway and South Korea, respectively, and the negotiation with Norway is nearly complete. This trend indicates that more highvalue-added products are entering the Chinese local market with lower tariffs. The Greater China market, which exhibits tremendous potential buying force, has become a “market must win” for companies in every country. Many world-famous retailers and big brands have made the development of this market a key strategy.

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Crossing the threshold: can importers rest assured? With manufacturing technology upgrades, there come higher requirements on product quality and safety in Greater China. Many national and industrial standards are constantly being issued, amended and improved. Inspections are becoming stricter and conducted more frequently, and the amount of market entry requirements is increasing. All of these factors have introduced huge challenges to companies.

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Taking food safety as an example, on 1 May this year, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the PRC announced the official implementation of a new standard for dairy products.

The standard involves more biological indexes and higher requirements on tests, inspection and pre-alarms during risk evaluation. The new standard is the most stringent for dairy product importers. Earlier this year, many cognac brands including RĂŠmy Martin suffered from extended import clearances due to the implementation of new national inspection standards on imported foods, a result of the plasticiser found in Chinese liquor last year. In Taiwan, amendments to the Food Hygiene Management Code were passed in May this year. Standards for other industries are being updated, such as improvements of the test methods for tire traction in relatively wet conditions and the creation of new standards for smart lighting systems and fast wicking apparel.


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It is crucial for foreign brands and traders to understand the standards and regulations in the target market despite high product quality, and passing the inspections of different authorities is key to securing a market position. It is natural for companies that focus on their core businesses to lack the knowledge and talent pool necessary to enter into the markets of different countries, especially emerging markets. Insufficient market knowledge is a huge obstacle to business development.


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TÜV Rheinland helps your company present itself to local market in Greater China As the world’s leading independent third-party testing and certification organisation, TÜV Rheinland is responsible for helping companies understand product-related requirements in target markets and ensuring the quality, safety and operability of the products entering those markets.

20+ years

in Greater China Dedicated to Greater China markets for more than 20 years, TÜV Rheinland has a thorough understanding of local regulations and requirements.

One well-known European food processing machinery company had difficulty entering the Chinese market

due to its unfamiliarity with Chinese standards. We helped it fully understand market-entry requirements and lower its potential risks through one-stop services such as the comparison and analysis of Chinese and international standards and training on local standards and regulations. The company ultimately achieved compliance with the relevant standards and entered the Chinese market successfully. We also provide product testing and certification services that conform to local standards to shorten the time required for market launches and help companies establish standards and quality management systems based on their own needs. In addition, to ensure worker safety, many local jurisdictions around the world do not allow unlisted or unlabelled equipment or production lines to be installed or used at manufacturing and commercial sites. We provide the most comprehensive safety checks and evaluations of manufacturers’ machinery

and production lines, such as in-service equipment. This not only ensures that manufacturers comply with relevant standards and local authority requirements, but also helps companies identify and decrease the potential risks in their equipment and production lines. In addition to these services, our comprehensive services include quality management certification, enterprise social responsibility assessment, service improvement assessment, environmental protection consultation, factory inspection and product inspection, all of which aim to help companies improve their efficiency and establish uniqueness to gain a competitive advantage. We offer strong support for successful market development.

For more information, please contact Ms Kelly Chen at kelly. chen@shg.chn.tuv.com


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TÜV RHEINLAND ACCREDITED BY

CTIA FOR RECHARGEABLE LITHIUM BATTERY TESTING TÜV Rheinland’s Shenzhen battery laboratory has been accredited and authorised by the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry (CTIA) as a CTIA Authorised Testing Laboratory (CATL) for IEEE1725 (Rechargeable Batteries for Cellular Telephones) and IEEE1625 (Rechargeable Batteries for Multi-Cell Mobile Computing Devices) since July 1st. CTIA battery certification is compulsory for acceptance by North American telecommunications companies and a CATL can conduct the testing, accreditation and certification of battery cells, battery modules, adapters and the entire system based on the IEEE 1725 and IEEE 1625 standards. CTIA certification also requires a factory audit of the battery manufacturer to evaluate key production processes, quality control, quality management systems and technical capabilities. Our Shenzhen battery laboratory has received a variety of international accreditations and certifications such as CNAS, DAkkS, CBTL, NRTL and

CATL. It provides access services for the European, North American, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Thai and Brazilian markets.

the first and only

laboratory in China It is one of the four members of the Battery Safety Organization (BATSO) in addition to being the first and only laboratory in China capable of conducting safety testing for light electric bicycle lithium-ion batteries.

Lithium battery use is increasing in applications such as electric bicycles, electric cars and energy storage and the global demand for lithium batteries has grown to keep pace with the expanding range of applications. Our comprehensive testing equipment and experienced experts help local


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Global production of lithium batteries 2011

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manufacturers gain early access to international markets. The newly purchased 10V, 1000A and 600V, 300A charging/discharging equipment for vehicle and energy storage batteries can perform pulse charging and power simulation tests, allowing most of the singlecell and module testing requirements to be met. All IEC 62660-1 performance testing and IEC 6266-2 reliability and abuse testing can also be conducted. The continued growth in global demand for lithium batteries offers battery makers another golden opportunity to expand their exports.

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Safety and performance issues, however, have been one of the main bottlenecks in lithium battery exports, with manufacturers kept out of the market by rigorous international standards. To solve this problem, we are working hard to provide battery makers, distributors and importers with a flexible, one-stop testing and certification solution to help them gain access to multiple national markets with ease. The laboratory is equipped with advanced battery performance and safety testing devices. Experienced technical experts and a technical team recruited from around the world provide testing and certification services for primary cells, lead-acid batteries, secondary lithium-ion batteries, nickel-

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cadmium batteries, nickelmetal hydride batteries and light electric bicycle batteries. These ensure that the batteries conform to the relevant standards and requirements in the EU and the US on safety, performance, storage, transportation, chemistry and electromagnetic compatibility.

For more information, please contact Mr Black Lang at Black.Lang@sz.chn.tuv.com


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Product safety is the first concern of European consumers, closely followed by affordability and appearance. Manufacturers of engineering machinery in China who have not grasped this truth tend to fail in high-end US and European and markets.

SAFETY FIRST IN ENGINEERING MACHINERY Gradual domestic market stabilisation and fierce industry competition have resulted in an increasing number of engineering machinery manufacturers focusing their attention on overseas markets. However, how to make products more internationally competitive is the problem afflicting many corporate decision makers. Observing and interpreting the highly competitive international market from a certification perspective may shed much needed light on the future development of engineering machinery in China. To find

out more, we interviewed Dr Chen Weikang, Director of Commercial Products for TÜV Rheinland Greater China. As the world’s leading independent third-party testing, inspection and certification organisation, TÜV Rheinland provides testing and certification services supporting entry into US and European highend markets. It is the first certification organisation to conduct engineering machinery safety inspection business according to US and


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European standards in China while providing safety concepts and technical training to Chinese manufacturers. In 2005, TÜV Rheinland took the lead in providing Xugong Group’s road machinery and the pump trucks and tracks form Sany Heavy Industry Co Ltd with inspection and certification services in Europe and North America.

the leading Chinese engineering machinery enterprises advantages in both product quality and the degree of convenience in the maintenance of foreign markets in recent years, to the extent that they are now fully comparable with enterprises in Europe, US and other developed countries.

In the past, Chinese manufacturers had to purchase components and parts that met international safety standards at high prices to Over the past eight years, export their products to 450 certificates have been US and European markets. issued for more than 50 In recent years, domestic domestic engineering safe components and parts machinery enterprises – makers have emerged. a key dynamic in helping Likewise, to become more Chinese enterprises open competitive in the market, the global market. foreign manufacturers have pursued production in China, which provides safety assurances for the design and manufacturing of Chinese engineering machinery. Dr Chen said that inadequate research on US and European standards has put domestic engineering machinery enterprises at a disadvantage in their negotiations with foreign businesses and in production control. Only a full understanding of user requirements can ensure the provision of suitable products to customers. Overseas customers generally care about safety, price, shape, brand, degree of intelligence and environmental factors. Dr Chen said that “in the eyes of European consumers, safety always matters more than performance. All negotiations start with safety and then address lower pricing and product appearance.” He pointed out that increased internationalisation competence has gained

Machinery that contains intelligent technologies and achieves safe and stable performance, amazing style, ultra-low noise and environmental friendliness will become the leading products entering the US and European high-end markets. With 17 years of experience in testing and certification, Dr Chen has witnessed the development of China’s engineering machinery industry and is very pleased with its significant achievements.


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He said that the engineering machinery in China was relatively backward ten years ago, with many enterprises simply studying and imitating foreign advanced technologies, focusing only on product function rather than product safety. They exported their products to overseas markets, mainly in Southeast Asia and Africa. Since 2006, the engineering machinery enterprises in China have actively accelerated their integration with the world. China has also attached increasing importance to integration with the world and linking with international standards, absorbing the international philosophy of “safety first” in an effort to improve mechanical protection systems. The international standard safety protection design integrating machines, light and electricity has gradually become widely available. Meanwhile, studies on the precision and pursuit of shapes have also entered a new area. Today’s engineering machinery represents a refreshing change. In addition to introducing the advanced technologies from Germany, the engineering machinery industry in China should draw on the German spirit – striving for perfection, never giving up and practical earnestness. In Dr Chen’s opinion, Chinese enterprises engaging competitive international markets should focus on the following: • improving overseas sales, maintenance and brand publicity to ensure smooth product channels and informational feedback; • studying the mandatory regulations in various overseas markets while incorporating US and European safety design concepts and environmental standards throughout the design and production processes – striving for perfection in every detail; • and strengthening the research on overseas products, especially high-tech applications.

The rapid development of more than one decade, the engineering machinery industry in China has significantly reduced the gap between international and advanced levels, and is expected to catch up with Germany as an established engineering machinery powerhouse.

Dr Chen We Kang Director of Commercial Products TÜV Rheinland Greater China

Bio Dr Chen is the expert in the field of testing and certification for export products, with over 15 years of expertise. He is one of the pioneers of machinery inspection business in Greater China, and he is also a special nominated member of China Standard Committee.

For more information on the certification of industrial machinery, please contact Dr Chen at weikang.chen@shg.chn.tuv.com. Acknowledgement: We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to China Construction Machinery for the support given in conducting this interview.


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The partnership between the two companies can be traced back to 1995, and over the past 18 years the enterprises have collaborated on the development and global sale of nearly 3,000 products. During this period of time, TÜV Rheinland has gained a full understanding of the customer’s products, and has provided focused, consistent service. Even though this service is not the lowest in terms of cost, our rigorous testing and pristine record has won Nankang’s trust and die-hard support.

certificates No.1 and No. 2 from RDW through TÜV Rheinland. Nankang was therefore not only quick to achieve compliance with the European regulations, but was also the first in the industry to do so. In March this year, we also set up the first snow-tire testing ground in Greater China, so tire makers will no longer need to travel all the way to Finland for testing. To ensure

When asked about the key to maintaining such a long partnership, Peng Tien-cheng, the Vice-President of Nankang Rubber Tire, says:

“Quality is very important to us, and we identify with TÜV Rheinland’s corporate philosophy of ‘precisely right’. This is something we believe to be crucial to product R&D.”

In March this year, we set up the first snow-tire testing ground in Greater China, so tire makers will no longer need to travel all the way to Finland for testing.

Nankang releases nearly 160 new products each year, and we help with filing the E-Mark applications for all of them. The excellent rapport built up between Nankang and us over the long-term cooperation ensures the smooth running of the service process and reduces the chance of mistakes. For example, when the ECE R117 tire noise requirements first took effect in 2005, Nankang received R117 E-Mark

driving safety in winter, and to deliver better controllability on snow and ice, Nankang was the first to take advantage of this new testing service.

For more information, please contact Kevin.wu@twn.tuv.com


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WORLD’S FIRST GS CERTIFICATION FOR ROBOTIC LAWN MOWER

On 7 June 2013, TÜV Rheinland announced that the robotic lawn mower produced by SUMEC had passed its product certification testing and had been awarded the first TÜV Rheinland GS certificate in the world for its product category.


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Advances in technology mean that an increasing number of gardening tools are now software controlled for superior comfort and usability. The robotic lawn mower is an excellent example of this development.

IEC 60335-1 Annex R requires that products with software controls pass a functional safety assessment to ensure that software failure will not compromise product safety.

This particular technical requirement is an obstacle to traditional gardening tool makers looking to develop software-controlled products. After two years of preparation and extensive research, SUMEC Hardware and Tools Co Ltd of Jiangsu successfully developed its first robotic lawn mower. We provided SUMEC with the comprehensive testing and certification services necessary to overcome the technical obstacle, and the company’s lawn mower passed the software safety assessment and other safety tests. The power and gardening tools services of TÜV Rheinland Greater China’s Commercial Products department was one of our first units

to enter the Chinese market. The department has maintained its authoritative status and influence in the industry by staying abreast of the latest technological developments. The awarding of the world’s first GS certification for robotic lawn mowers has shown that our power and gardening tools services can be a valuable asset to Chinese enterprises developing new technologies and products that conform to the highest safety standards while increasing the quality of the ‘Made in China’ brand. At the certification ceremony, Liu Kai, President of SUMEC, said that “I am grateful to TÜV Rheinland for all the support they gave us in product development, marketing and quality improvements. I hope that we can maintain our close relationship and strengthen our technical exchange.” Udo Heinz, Vice President of Commercial Products, TÜV Rheinland Group, remarked that “As the world’s leading testing and certification organisation, we have always worked with Chinese enterprises to build high-quality Chinese products for the international market. Our commitment to technology and quality remains unchanged!”

For more information, please contact shu.xu@shg.chn.tuv.com


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FREE EXPERT TESTING FOR CHILDREN’S TOYS Large numbers of toys ended up in children’s hands on Children’s Day. Have you ever wondered how safe such toys are?

Children are filled with energy and imagination. Toys are ripped apart, chewed up, thrown around or bounced in more ways than one can imagine, day and night until they are finally broken. Most of this activity happens away from parents’ eyes. Can the toy in a child’s hands survive these trials in one piece? How can parents be certain that the

design and material of a toy is safe enough for their child to handle? How should parents pick toys for children of different ages? Our toytesting experts answer these questions for parents. From 3 to 5 June, our toytesting experts provided parents with free toy assessment services. Samples were subjected to various tests based on international standards to protect children’s safety. They also taught parents how to read toy certification marks, and provided special tips on picking toys. During the event, the first 30 participants each day received free testing services. The safety hazards of toys lie in the details. Is a baby tooth gel or pacifier made of food

grade material? Is the stuffing inside stuffed toys clean and sterile? Are the physics of a rocking horse safe and reliable? Are the surfaces of games and puzzles susceptible to bacterial growth? Are there any potentially hazardous materials in toy packaging and packaging waste?

To eliminate these potential hazards, we conduct physical, mechanical, flammability, chemical and food grade tests, with cleanliness, usability, tags and age among our assessment criteria. Packaging and packaging waste are also tested to provide a comprehensive product safety and testing assessment.


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The official issuance of TÜV Rheinland’s 10,000th GS certificate bearing new test mark to Lenovo was held in Beijing on 31 July 2013.

TÜV RHEINLAND’S

NEW 10,000th GS CERTIFICATE ISSUED TO LENOVO

Lenovo servers passed TÜV Rheinland’s CB, cTUVus and GS certification processes as well as Energy Star 2.0 testing during this collaboration. We are currently one of the few solution providers that can provide server export certification for both the North American and European markets. The 2012 report published by the Worldwide System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE) indicated that we were the top certificate-issuing body in the CB system for the eighth straight year. IT products accounted for 80%

of the certified products. This highlighted our strength in IT product certification and its ability to provide comprehensive certification services for notebooks, displays, keyboards and mouses. We not only offer green product testing and solutions, but also has made green and sustainable development. In fact, we signed a service agreement with Lenovo Group on the safe disposal of waste electronics in 2011. According to the agreement, Lenovo Group would provide our offices in mainland China with a safe channel for disposing office electronic waste products such as notebooks, personal computers, printers, displays and servers. At the beginning of 2013,

We released our latest global new test mark, which will replace all of the test marks over the past 140 years. The inclusion of QR code allows smart phones to scan and connect to database, further enhancing the transparency and integrity of the product and system being tested. The new testing mark represents truth, reliability, authority and accuracy. The new testing mark will greatly benefit manufacturers and end users. Its possible applications include food packaging, home appliances, toys and playground items, kitchens, bathrooms, gardens, hospitals and elevators.


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TĂœV RHEINLAND HELPS MANUFACTURER CLEAR

TAINTED STARCH SCARE

The tainted starch incident in Taiwan became increasingly fierce. As Taiwanese snacks such as pearl milk tea, fired chicken steaks, and taro balls have become popular in mainland China, the tainted starch incident now has mainland Chinese consumers worried.


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tainted starch incident now has mainland During the Taiwan Food and Drug Chinese consumers worried. Companies of all Administration’s (TFDA) random inspection sizes are urgently trying to prove the quality process, it was revealed that companies have and safety of their products in order to break illegally used maleic acid, which is intended for free from the scandal. industrial use, in place of fumaric acid to add taste during the food-manufacturing process. Our Food Services Department is able to In addition, some of the modified starch and provide maleic acid and maleic anhydride sweet potato starch sold by flour factories testing services for corporations, in accordance was found to contain excessive amounts of with TFDA suggested testing maleic acid (this includes methods. sweet potato starch, fry Upon successfully passing powder, oden powder, the tests, products will clear flour, gluten-free For more information on product receive TÜV Rheinland’s flour, crude flour, etc.; testing, please contact: market products affected authoritative test reports. Mr Woce Wu include tapioca balls, Companies will be able to taro balls, flat noodles, Assistant manager of Food use the reports as proof to fish derivative products Services,TÜV Rheinland Greater clear consumer food safety China {oden}, meatballs, tofu concern. pudding, rice jelly, etc.), Tel: +86 755 82681461 Email: Woce.Wu@sz.chn.tuv.com and these products have even been sold in a number of major supermarket chains. The investigation has progressively revealed the involvement On-line Seminar Management System of more and more companies. The TFDA Launched for Greater China emphasizes that inspection of products sold on the market will continue in order to eliminate On 1 June 2013, we launched a new on-line seminar management system to organise the sale of illegal products. Maleic acid is a type of unsaturated dicarboxylic acid which cannot be added to food. Its general industrial use is in the manufacture of unsaturated polyester resin. It is toxic, and cannot be used interchangeably with fumaric acid. “Many food corporations in Taiwan have already contacted us, in the hope of defending their product reputation and strengthening the quality of monitoring through TÜV Rheinland’s food testing and auditing services, as well as ameliorating the impact of news about tainted food products,” says Chen Jundong, General Manager of TÜV Rheinland Greater China Food Services. As Taiwanese snacks such as pearl milk tea, fired chicken steaks, and taro balls have become popular in mainland China, the

seminars in Greater China and provide superior service to clients. This system not only enhances the overall user experience, but also includes automated seminar notification that helps clients manage their schedules. The advantages are as follows:

• Provides a brand-new web interface that allows interested users to search seminars and fairs by time, location or event name, etc. and engage in prompt on-line registration – creating a friendlier user experience for you. • Clients not only receive their registration confirmation through the new system, but also receive a reminder before the seminar date. • Seminar information more transparent, easy to use. For more seminar information, please click here.


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New Regulation for SASO EER Label Approval The Saudi Arabia authorities have announced new regulations related to Energy Efficiency Rating approval.

SASO 2663 standard for air conditioners

1. Modification in SASO 2663 standard for air conditioners. • The mandatory SASO 2663:2007 standard related to the EER label and minimum energy performance ratings for air conditioners is being modified. The updated version (SASO 2663:2012) will take effect on 7 September 2013. • The last date for receiving EER applications according to the current standard is 31 July 2013, taking into account that the Ministry of Commerce and Saudi Customs will ban the manufacturing of air conditioners that do not comply with the new standard in Saudi Arabia and will not allow such air conditioners access to Saudi ports and markets beginning on 7 September 2013. • Companies that have EER certificates for air conditioners that were not issued according to the new standard will be allowed to use the EER label until 6 September 2013.

• Companies that will have EER certificates for air conditioners according to the new standard will be allowed to use the EER label according to the expiry date mentioned in the certificate at no additional charge. 2. New regulations related to SASO EER label approval (air conditioners, refrigerator/ freezers, washing machines). These regulations will be implemented beginning in September 2013. • A SASO EER label certificate/licence after approval will be issued and valid for 1 year instead of 2 years. • An EER testing report must be issued by an accredited laboratory according to ISO 17025 within the scope of EER testing. • A safety test report must be part of the application documents for EER label approval.


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The U.S. EPA Published Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment Program Requirements on April 01, 2013. According to Energy Star Version 2.0, it must be used starting January 01, 2014 for qualification of Energy Star for imaging equipment. With this specification, the ENERGY STAR label will recognize products that use, on average, between 40 to 55% less energy than standard models, depending on product type and print speed. EPA has established the following timeline:

01 Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify their eligible products to the Version 2.0 Eligibility Criteria.

02 On September 1, 2013, CBs will be asked to stop certifying new product submittals to the existing ENERGY STAR Version 1.2 requirements. Note, however,

that existing certifications to Version 1.2 will remain valid for the purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification until January 1, 2014.

03 As of January 1, 2014, any product manufactured and labeled as ENERGY STAR must meet Version 2.0 Program Requirements. At this time, all certifications of products to Version 1.2 will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification and CBs will only submit product models certified to Version 2.0 to EPA. According to the Energy Star program, in order to earn the label, ENERGY STAR products must be thirdparty certified based on testing in EPArecognized laboratories. TĂœV Rheinland are EPA accredited laboratories and Certification Body (CB) to execute the testing and certification.

More standard updates EU proposes to strengthen requirements for food contact ceramics

Update requirement for Notice of Registration valid period for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq

EN 71-4: 2013 has become harmonized standard under New Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC

TĂœV Rheinland NOM Test Mark

Maryland enacted to prohibit Flame-Retardant Chemicals (TCEP) in child care products


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THE NEW

TEST MARK CAMPAIGNS We have launched a variety of marketing campaigns around the world since the launch of our new mark, to promote its brand image among different populations. This ensures that every product and service that uses the new mark can benefit directly from the added marketing value of our campaign. For end consumers, we took a fun and lively approach to introducing the new mark. As the new mark features a QR code to deter counterfeits with “black and white”, Tuvy was introduced, inspired by dairy cows, to serve as the mascot. Simply visit our booth and interact with Tuvy to learn more about the new mark and receive great prizes. With the social networking media, tens of thousands

of people have also been attracted by the interactive events featuring our new mascot. We have also launched a multi-faceted campaign targeting professional channels such as industry websites, trade associations, press agencies and symposiums to provide an in-depth analysis of the new mark from a professional perspective. Our campaign to promote the advantages of the new mark in terms of production and sales has received a strong response from industry professionals. We will continue to step up our marketing investments in the new mark to boost the influence of “one for all” and continue enhancing the advantages that our new mark offers.


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TAIWAN OFFICE NAMED

TOP 10 OUTSTANDING ENTERPRISE

The first foreign company in the testing and certification industry to receive a nomination and win the Golden Peak Award.

TÜV Rheinland Taiwan is named one of the Top 10 Outstanding Enterprises at the 15th Golden Peak Awards in 2013. TÜV Rheinland Taiwan is the first foreign company in the testing and certification industry to receive a nomination and win the award. On May 24, the award organizer invited top government officials of Taiwan, Mr. Wu Den-yih, Mr. Wang Jin Ping and Mr. Cho Shih-Chao to present the awards to the winning companies. Mr. Bodo Kretzschmar, the Chief Operating Officer of TÜV Rheinland Taiwan, received the award on behalf of the company. The Golden Peak Awards recognizes

outstanding performance in categories such as excellent enterprises, exceptional leadership, quality products, entrepreneurship, and innovative R&D. The judges evaluated each firm on the basis of their business philosophy, corporate image, operation performance, customer management, social welfare and talent incubation. TÜV Rheinland Taiwan received the unanimous approval of the judges, for its professionalism, that should serve as a model for the industry and deserves recognition. Mr. Kretzschmar noted that fostering professionalism has always been one of TÜV Rheinland’s core values, since the company’s true assets are its employees.


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2013 Stanley Int’l Dragon Boat Championships

Guangdong Office Welcomed School Children

The TÜV Rheinland Dragon Boat team is led by Director of Softlines, Dr. Keith Kwok and joined by more than 25 colleagues from Softlines, IT, Project Office, Administration and Chemical lab. During April and June, the team had gone through a 12-hour systematic training to get better prepared for the competition. Though we are not qualified into the next round of competition, the result is a big progress compared to our performance in 2012.

Over 40 first-graders from South China Country Garden School went on a field trip to our Guangdong office on May 22. Mr. Yushun Wong, COO of TÜV Rheinland Guangdong, introduced to the kids how our daily operation is like, and explained in detail the importance of product safety in our daily life, such as in choosing safe clothing, stationary, and toys.

Nursing Room is Ready for Use in Ningbo Office TÜV Rheinland Supports Flood Victims A flood disaster has caused devastating damage in extensive parts of Germany. The TÜV Rheinland Foundation has set up a donation account with which support is to be provided for victims of the flooding in addition to employees. The donations are to support social institutions – such as day care centers and schools – that are particularly affected by the flooding. The amount donated by the employees for this purpose will be doubled by the company.

After two weeks of redecoration, the nursing room in TÜV Rheinland / CCIC (Ningbo) has been opened on June 24th. The room offers private space for mothers as well as resting space for mothers-to-be. The space is fitted with cabinets, drinking water and a fridge, and the wall is decorated with photos of their own children, making them feel even more comfortable. On the information board, information regarding breast feeding and pumping are shown and news regarding pregnancy, birth and the first time with the newborn are provided.


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First Electric Vehicle with BiogasPower Generator

Technical Conditions Review in Porsche Centers

Our Competence Center for Alternative Fuels presented the OPEL AMPERA CNG as a novelty at the international Exhibition “Electricity meets Biogas”. The original OPEL AMPERA is a battery electric vehicle: distances up to 80 km are driven purely electric, for longer distances, a power generator– consuming conventional petrol is used to recharge the batteries or to provide electric power. We have now made the car become even more environmentally friendly: convert it to use Biogas! If Biogas is used, one may expect another impressive improvement of CO 2 emissions.

We have reviewed the technical and physical conditions in all German Porsche centers to ensure that customers are offered the service they are used to for vehicles of the sports car manufacturer’s plug-in hybrid generation. Our auditors analyzed the physical and technical conditions in the Porsche centers to enable it to make precise recommendations on the future equipment of electromobility workplaces in the service sector and the necessary infrastructure for charging stations.

USA New Power Inverter Testing Lab

Germany ISO 50001 Certification for Procter & Gamble According to the globally applicable ISO 50001 standard, TÜV Rheinland certified the two largest German sites of Procter & Gamble (P&G). The aim of ISO 50001 is to be able to manage energy consumption even more accurately in the future and to achieve savings in consumption, thus to help companies increase their efficiency over the long term. P&G therefore specifically trained its employees in energy saving, all levels and all employees were involved in this.

We just completed the construction of our new testing laboratory in Pleasanton in June, designed to inspect and certify small- to mid-sized power inverter devices. The new Pleasanton operation is the latest addition to our worldwide network of inverter testing facilities, joining laboratories in Germany, Italy, Hungary, Shanghai, Taiwan and Japan, and we are prepared to open an additional facility on the east coast of the United States to accommodate the expected increase in testing and certification demand.


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