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Testing powerhouses iST, Dekra enter joint venture

Posted: 12 May 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Vehicle safety testing? testing and certification services? automotive manufacturing?

Electronics testing and certification supplier Integrated Service Technology (iST) announced their resolution to sign the cooperation contracts in relevance to a joint venture of strategic alliance with DEKRA, a Europe-based testing and certification company, on May 11.

iST and DEKRA will build a joint venture, Dekra iST Reliability Services (Dekra iST), to establish strategic alliance in LED, PCB, PCBA and system reliability verification service. Dekra will hold 51 per cent of the total shares of Dekra iST, This strategic alliance could help to strengthen both parties' capabilities of providing first-class testing and certification services in fields of automotive, LED, and medical electronics.

Dekra, with a history of nearly 90 years, is one of the world's leading expert organisations in vehicle safety testing and inspections. The business' turnover is about NT$100 billion. Dekra does periodical vehicle inspection for around 26 million vehicles annually for famous European automotive manufacturers. Currently, Dekra maintains a presence in 50 countries in Europe as well as in the United States, Great Britain and Asia.

Dekra also has accreditation to award CE Marking, which is a gate pass for products including medical devices, lighting equipment and consumer goods exported to the European market. The company ranks the first and third in world market share for lighting and medical devices certification, respectively.

Dekra iST will focus on two main points at the beginning of its establishment. The first point is to expand market coverage, and the second point is to integrate the excellent expertise capabilities of each party and optimise the result.

"The establishment of Dekra iST marks that iST, a Taiwan enterprise with a history of 20 years, who expanded its business to Mainland China, Japan and America successfully in [the] last few years, will develop its service coverage to the European market. This strategic alliance is a milestone of iST's global testing and certification strategy, and a good start for the next golden 20 years of iST," said iST Chair Danny Yu.

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