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Automation Technologies 2/2014

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News and Markets The voice of the European Electro Industry in China With China being the second largest export country for German electro exports, the Chinese market is very important for German electrical and electronic manufacturers. EuropElectro promotes the interests of European companies, for instance, in standardisation committees in China. Back to current issue

News and Markets As tariffs have been reduced over the last years after the accession of China to the WTO, nontariff barriers such as technical market access requirements become more and more important for the electro industry exporting to China. In order to support European manufacturers entering the Chinese market and fulfill the national technical requirements for market access, EuropElectro was founded in 2007 by some 60 companies under the leadership of ZVEI and Orgalime. For more than seven years, Mrs Wang Xu, the Head of EuropElectro in Beijing and her team have represented the interests of European manufacturers in China successfully. They have established an extensive network in China between European electrical and electronics companies and Chinese authorities, administration and certification and standardization organizations. International standards in China Through this network, the organization helps to bring Europe and China closer together in technical legislation, standardization and certification for electrical and electronic products. Europ Electro aims for supporting Chinese government authorities to use international ISO and IEC standards in the Chinese Europ Electro provides information on technical legislation and certification in China standardization system in order to facilitate the trade of electrical and electronic products with regard to technical requirements. Besides general standardization policies and technical legislation, EuropElectro mainly focuses on product safety issues such as CCC and product related environmental issues such as energy efficiency, low carbon certification, China RoHS and China WEEE. In addition to that, state security issues such as IT security regulations, smart grid and demand side standardization information in Wang Xu, Head of EuropElectro in Beijing China as well as health and safety issues are the main working areas. More activity through subsidiaries For these issues, EuropElectro provides its member companies with exclusive information relating to the development of technical legislation, standardization and certification in China. They act as an early warning system for their members, as timely awareness of Chinese initiatives concerning new standards projects is of great importance and provide assistance on interpretation and specific issues. Moreover, EuropElectro successfully promotes the interests of its members in standardization committees and expert working groups of legislation in China. However, market access conditions in China do not only affect European companies exporting into the Chinese market. Companies producing in China also have to comply with those market access conditions. Therefore, recently its member companies become more and more active in EuropElectro directly through their local experts from their China based subsidiaries and not only through their European www.europelectro.org AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 2/2014

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