By Lareina Yao, Communications Specialist
UL’s Chongqing Key Account Summit was successfully held in Chongqing and Xishuangbanna. Over 100 Appliances, HVAC/R, Lighting and Small Appliance specialists in various AHL industries across the country gathered to talked about new trends and future developments.
The Lighting industry has always been an important part of China’s manufacturing industry. With the deepening and steadily advancing implementation of the “Made in China 2025” strategy, established to improve brand impact and product quality, lighting manufacturers brought forward the agenda of energy-saving, intelligent and environmentally friendly lighting products. This effort will help transform China from a major supplier of lights to a major influence in light manufacturing.
At the UL’s Chongqing Key Account Summit, UL experts shared insights regarding the status quo and future development of internet-based lighting with the guests. The LED industry will continue its industrialized revolution as an increasing number of conventional, manually-replaceable products will be replaced by multi-functional and integrated LED lights. Some of these new developments are listed below:
- Budding OLED and QUANTUM DOT technologies
- A new way of establishing wireless connectivity with LIFI
- Grow lights for use in horticultural applications (UL already released UL 8800, the first testing Standard for grow lights)
Concurrently, the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) is shaping product trends, as lighting manufacturers begin to shift from the model of only providing lights to providing lighting services.
Keen Zhang, director of sales in China for UL, mentioned at the summit, “At the end of 2015, UL’s Suzhou Laboratory was officially approved for the NVLAP qualification and is able to certify designated products, including LED lights, energy-saving lights, solid-state lighting, and fluorescent lights.” In March 2016, the UL’s Suzhou lighting laboratory was officially opened and UL’s services in China have since ascended to a new level.
UL will always be guided by the needs of its clients to provide more convenient and localized professional services for lighting manufacturers. We will continue to enhance our capabilities, collaborate, help companies adapt to volatile trading rules, help reduce time to market and win the trust and support of end clients through constant brand commitments.
In 2017, China’s productivity in air conditioning, refrigerators and television accounted for 78 percent, 52 percent and 49 percent, respectively, in the world. At present, domestic consumption is being upgraded, internet technology and modern manufacturing are further engaging with each other and the IoT has become the most important area of innovative development in the home appliances industry.
Steven Shi, general manager of UL-CCIC, expressed thanks for the support provided by the company’s partners over the years and remarked, “UL’s development would have never happened without the support and trust of its clients. In the face of a year that is full of both opportunities and challenges, UL’s professional local teams are ready and will provide one-stop diversified services on the basis of UL’s global resources as the company always does for its clients. They will be the guides and guardians for their clients in international competitions and will contribute their insight, together with the clients’, towards the realization of ‘Made in China 2025’ of the home appliances industry with their all-around solutions.”
After obtaining the CCC certification laboratory qualification for air conditioning and refrigerators in 2014, UL was approved for China’s mandatory energy and efficiency label testing for air conditioning products qualification in 2017. In the same year, UL’s small appliances laboratories were expanded in Guangzhou, and UL’s laboratories for electric heating pads and blankets were also established to provide local testing services in Suzhou. UL’s Guangzhou Nansha laboratory has greatly enhanced its testing qualification for CBTL, GS and ILAC (IAS) for small appliances and has extended the hearing and noise testing capabilities required by the Brazilian Inmetro 430/2012.
This year, UL’s Suzhou laboratories added washing machine and dryer ILAC (IAS) laboratory qualifications and the registered laboratory qualifications of SASO 2883 and SASO 2885. This means UL is equipped with the ability to provide “one-stop” services that exceed China’s market access requirements for large and small companies. It also indicates that UL has yet again made a solid step in helping companies explore China’s market.
This event not only brought an abundant amount of useful information to the guests, but also led them to experience the beautiful mountains and waters of the Mountain City (Chongqing) and the exotic vibes of Xishuangbanna. Moreover, the series of exciting activities enhanced understanding among guests from different industries and built a platform of exchanges for the industry to promote cooperation, a win-win situation and the movement of information.