NSF International announced it is working with Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company of China, Ltd., to offer its NSF Aftermarket Automotive Parts Certification program to test and certify automotive aftermarket parts in China. The program, NSF states, will meet the needs of the China automotive market around high-quality manufacturers, parts, distributors and repair shops.
The program was announced in Shanghai, China, on July 7th at a joint press conference held at the NSF Shanghai Co. Ltd. office.
NSF International and Ping An will work together to ensure that aftermarket automotive parts are equivalent to the original equipment (OE) service parts in form, fit and function. The program will start with collision parts such as bumper covers, hoods, fenders, bumpers and hard parts such as sensors, brake components and hydraulic systems, and expand to cover additional part types as needs of the market increase. In addition to determining OE service part equivalency, the approval process also will include part testing on vehicles to verify proper fit and verification that the manufacturer meets all in-plant quality control requirements including passing an in-plant audit and ongoing audits.
“Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company recognizes NSF International’s automotive and technical expertise, and we are very excited to work together with NSF in China,” said Zhu You Gang, COO, Ping An Property & Casualty Insurance Company.
Added Lin Shen, general manager, Ping An Automotive Insurance, “Increasing the availability of high-quality parts and services will make it easier for repairers, insurers, distributors and consumers to access these high-performing and reliable parts and services.”
By 2017, the average age of cars in China is expected to increase from three years to four-and-a-half years, which is expected to result in an increasing number of out-of-warranty vehicles and further drive demand for aftermarket products and services.
“We look forward to working with Ping An to ensure high-quality aftermarket automotive parts and services are available in China,” said Bob Frayer, global managing director, NSF International Automotive Certification Programs.
NSF is a leading certifier of aftermarket automotive parts in both the U.S. and Australia and the only independent, third-party certifier of parts distributors and repair shops.
NSF International has served clients in China for many years and opened an office in Shanghai in 2005 when NSF established a joint venture with the Shanghai Audit Centre of Quality Systems (SAC) called NSF Shanghai Co. Ltd. This joint venture is approved by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA). In 2011, NSF opened the NSF International Testing Laboratory in Shanghai, which works in harmony with the joint venture to provide necessary testing. The NSF Shanghai lab earned ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from the China National Accreditation Service (CNAS).