NEMA Chosen To Conduct USTDA Standards Programs In China

ROSSLYN, Va., May 23, 2006. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) today announced that it will organize a series of U.S.-led training and cooperation seminars for Chinese industry and government officials. NEMA will set up the workshops and provide on-site organization for the three-year, multi-sector series of programs.

The initiative, known as the U.S.-China Standards and Conformity Assessment Cooperation Program, is being sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), which will provide matching funding for approximately 25 events over the next three years. The award will be administered as a grant to the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham), which is retaining NEMA as a contractor and providing in-country oversight.

"NEMA is honored to have been chosen for this project," says NEMA President and Chief Executive Officer Evan Gaddis. "USTDA and AmCham have recognized our ability to organize this kind of seminar on behalf of our own members, and we appreciate their trust in our ability to coordinate first-rate programs on behalf of the entire range of U.S. industrial sectors."

NEMA opened its Beijing office in 2004 as a fully registered Chinese representative office. Since then, the association has sponsored a number of electrical equipment industry events in China on such issues as energy efficiency, protection of intellectual property rights, hazardous substance regulation, and technical product standards.

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its 430 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City.

For more information, contact:
Cheryl D. Smith
Public Relations Specialist (703) 841-3286


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