CSA expands Asia operations with opening of new testing and certification laboratory in Shanghai, China

SHANGHAI, China, Jan. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - CSA, a leading testing and certification organization, today officially announced the opening of a new testing and certification laboratory as well as the expansion of its product evaluation and consulting centre in Shanghai, China.

"CSA is opening these new state-of-the-art, high-tech testing, certification and verification laboratories in China to better serve our growing Chinese clients," said Ash Sahi, President and CEO, CSA Group. "The timely opening of these new facilities is at the core of CSA's strategic global business plan to expand our localized service offerings. With an expanding manufacturing base and growing economy, one of CSA's key business strategies includes accelerating investments in LED, EEV, solar and photovoltaic and expanding its core services and businesses in the People's Republic of China."

Located in Qilai Industry City, the Shanghai laboratory has an area of 2,600 m2 and is equipped with cutting edge testing facilities. Product testing categories include: LED lighting products, electric heating appliances, motor and motor-operated appliances, tools and gardening implements, welding machines, IT components and equipment and power devices. The lab will conduct testing against Canadian, U.S. and other international standards.

Additionally, a newly expanded state-of-the-art consumer Product Evaluation and Consulting Centre offers services encompassing the entire life cycle of a product - from design through pre-purchase testing, factory evaluation, pre-shipment inspection and product comparison testing. This centre offers expertise in a wide range of product categories, including gas appliances, plumbing products, lawn and garden products, household appliances and electrical devices amongst others. To meet customers' increasing demand, this Centre has been expanded to provide Energy Star testing and customized performance evaluations for CFLs, LEDs and other high efficiency lighting products.

Having published more than 75 standards covering renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and earth energy systems, CSA can offer new services to Chinese customers to help them meet global and Chinese 'green' trends. CSA also offers consumer product evaluation testing services to help clients throughout Asia, and globally, meet environmental obligations and challenges by providing leading-edge product performance testing and evaluation services for consumer products.

About CSA Group
CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association serving business, industry, government and consumers. CSA Group consists of three divisions: CSA Standards, a leading standards-based solutions organization, providing standards development, application products, training and advisory services; CSA International, which provides testing and certification services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other products; and OnSpeX, a provider of consumer product evaluation, inspection and advisory services for retailers and manufacturers. For more, visit www.csagroup.org

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SOURCE CSA Group

For further information:

Anthony Toderian
Manager, Corporate Affairs
CSA Group
416-747-2620
anthony.toderian@csagroup.org


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