Underwriters Laboratories Expands Global Photovoltaic Footprint to China

    In Response to Growing Demand, Photovoltaic Testing Leader, UL, Announces
    New Facility in Suzhou, China

    NORTHBROOK, Ill., Feb. 18 /CNW/ -- Underwriters Laboratories, a world
leader in product safety testing and certification, announced today the
expansion of its global photovoltaic testing services to Suzhou, China, where
it will open a Photovoltaic Technology Center of Excellence. The new facility,
set to open on February 26, 2009, will be the largest photovoltaic testing
laboratory in Greater China and have the capability to test to both UL and
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Standards. This announcement
marks yet another step in UL's ongoing commitment to the development of safe
renewable energy equipment.
    The new 400-square-meter testing facility, the largest in Asia, will
enable UL's customers to get their products to market faster due to increased
testing capacity. This facility, which will initially house six state-of-the-
art test chambers, will continue to expand in 2009, as more capacity is
needed. According to industry experts, the global PV market is expected to
grow by 15 percent every year for the next five years, hitting $32 billion by
    "Now, more than ever, manufacturers are looking for a trusted partner in
the certification industry to help bring their innovations to market faster
and more efficiently," said Jeff Smidt, General Manager of UL's Global Energy
Business. "With the launch of our new facility, we will better serve our
customers by providing a full portfolio of testing and certification services
in China, as well as access to the global market."
    The Renewable Energy Law passed by the Chinese government in March 2005
stipulates that 10 percent of China's energy must come from renewable
resources by 2020-a fact that underlines the country's increased demand for
first-rate PV testing services.
    "China is the third largest manufacturer of photovoltaic products in the
world and production keeps increasing. It is the industry's manufacturing
base, and that is why UL is growing its PV testing capacity in this region,"
said Smidt.
    The Photovoltaic Technology Center of Excellence in Suzhou, China is
located in the New Hi-Tech Industrial Park, 98 Hengshan Road, Suzhou New
District. UL's first Center of Excellence, which opened in July 2008, is
located in San Jose, California.  UL is currently expanding that lab as the
demand for PV certification services continues to increase. For more
information on these facilities or UL's PV services go to
    About Underwriters Laboratories
    Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety
certification organization that has been testing products and writing
Standards for Safety for over a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types
of products, components, materials and systems annually with 20 billion UL
Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year. UL's worldwide
family of companies and network of service providers includes 64 laboratory,
testing and certification facilities serving customers in 98 countries. For
more information, visit: http://www.UL.com/newsroom.

     Media Contacts
     Elizabeth Sherman
     GolinHarris for UL

     Yassie Dunn
     Underwriters Laboratories


For further information:

For further information: Elizabeth Sherman of GolinHarris,
+1-508-444-6453, esherman@golinharris.com, for Underwriters Laboratories; or
Yassie Dunn of Underwriters Laboratories, +1-847-664-3056,
Yassie.Dunn@us.ul.com Web Site: http://www.UL.com

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