DIN opens office in China
DIN has further intensified its long standing good relations with SAC (Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China), the Chinese member of ISO.
Dr. Torsten Bahke, Chairman of DIN's Executive Board, and Tian Shihong, the new Administrator of SAC, met for an exchange of ideas on international standardization and further bilateral cooperation. DIN and SAC concluded their first mutual cooperation agreement as early as 1978. This was followed by an agreement between the German and Chinese governments on cooperation in standardization matters.
With the opening of its own office in Beijing, DIN now has a permanent presence in China and is appreciably expanding its network there. At the opening ceremony on 20 February 2014, Dr. Bahke said: "Well functioning networks make it possible to directly address technical barriers to trade and to find common solutions. We are glad to see how ties between DIN and SAC have become very close, and we much appreciate the excellent cooperation between our two organizations."
The purpose of the office is to enhance economic relations between Germany and China. China is already Germany's most important trading partner in Asia, with an import volume of 66.6 billion euros. At the same time, with imports totalling 77.3 billion euros, Germany is China's most important European trading partner.
Representatives of Chinese standards organizations and German companies in China attended the opening event. Alongside the opening ceremony, the programme also foresaw a round table discussion. Ernst-Peter Ziethen, Member of DIN's Management Board responsible for International Cooperation, Wolfgang Leetz of Siemens, Stephanie Heydolph of VDMA and Albrecht Pfeiffer of BMW discussed what German industry expected the DIN Office to achieve.
The office is headed by Klaus Ziegler, who has many years experience of representing European standards interests in China and has built up an excellent network of contacts there.
News source : www.din.din.de