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SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is pleased to announce that the SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) was opened on June 13, 2011, in Tianjin, China in response to the high demand for full-scale testing of rotor blades on an international footing and in China.

The new SGS Wind Energy Technology Center is located in the Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area (TEDA), North China’s center of processing and manufacturing industries and springboard for the commercialization of high-tech achievements. The opening ceremony was a high-profile event attended by Mr. Yang Xiao Yong, Director of Tianjin Bureau Quality and Technical Supervision, Mr. Zhang Jun, Vice Director of the management committee of TEDA, Mr. Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS, Mr. Helmut Chik, COO of SGS China and Hong Kong, as well as Mr. Richard Shentu, Managing Director of SGS-CSTC.

During the opening of this groundbreaking center, attendees had an ideal opportunity to learn more about the renewable energy sector, the WETC and Rotor Blade Testing from the prestigious guests present at the event. Mr. Chris Kirk, CEO of SGS said, “In recent years, China has leapt forward to become the world's largest developer of wind energy. The Chinese government’s investment and policy support in the wind energy industry is obvious to all. It also demonstrates the government’s wholehearted pursuit of a green economy and its determination to achieve sustainable development.” Furthermore, he stated, “SGS has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the second consecutive year, and sustainable development has always been one of our most important values. It is the driving force behind our innovations in energy-saving, low-carbon, wind energy and other clean energies.”

In addition, Mr. Richard Shentu, Managing Director of SGS-CSTC, said in his speech that “SGS will now be able to provide best-in-class testing services for blade manufactures in Tianjin and throughout Asia in an accessible and efficient way. This also contributes to the R&D escalation for wind turbine generator systems and components in China and throughout Asia.”

The opening of the SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) in Tianjin, China demonstrates SGS’s commitment to first-rate expertise and to satisfy the high demand for large-scale rotor blade testing in Asian and global markets.

About the SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC)

Strategically located in China, a rapidly growing wind-energy market, the SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) primarily focuses on Rotor Blade Testing. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology for load application and blade test measurements, such as hydraulic winches, vibration actuators and LVDT displacement equipment, the SGS test center offers a complete set of full-scale blade testing capabilities, including natural frequency, static, fatigue and ultimate static tests as well as a full range of consultancy and solutions in the field of wind turbine technologies.

On a plot of 10,343 m2 and a gross floor area of 3,786 m2, the SGS test center, which is certified by China Metrology Accreditation (CMA), provides various testing solutions covering the entire life cycle of wind turbines. Visual Inspections are carried out and Non-Destructive Testing methods are used to monitor the condition of blades. The execution and reporting of tests are performed according to IEC-61400-23 with optional accredited witnessing.

About SGS Renewable Energy Services

To protect wind energy project investments and assure the quality of wind farms, SGS Industrial Services works as an independent global project surveyor, carrying out inspection, testing, supervision, monitoring, management, verification and certification services for both onshore and offshore wind farm projects. For each phase of a wind farm project, SGS offers a wide range of Renewable Energy Services. SGS understands the risks entailed in wind farm projects and has precise knowledge of the local legal and regulatory requirements.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Pavel Novak
Wind Energy Technology Centre Manager
SGS Industrial Services
SGS – CSTC Standards Technical Services Co., Ltd.
SGS WETC, No.22, Xinxing Road,
TEDA West District, Tianjin
China 300462

t: +86 (0) 22 6619 0368
f: +86 (0) 22 6619 0382

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