sgsgroup.jpgUS engineering giant GE and SGS-CSTC, a Chinese JV of Switzerland's SGS group, have opened an application centre in Shanghai specialised in non-destructive testing.

Non-destructive testing plays an important role in quality control in China, specifically in welding and industrial parts, and the safety assurance of pressure vessels and pipelines. NDT is used in a wide range of industries, including metallurgy, oil & gas, power generation, aerospace and transportation.

As EngagingChina has commented in the past, China's manufacturing sector is only now waking up to the need to take QA seriously and so there are big opportunities in NDT as well as in other areas of quality control.

“This venture is a strong representation of the cooperation between the two companies,” says Charlene Begley, President & CEO of GE Enterprise Solutions. “The application centre provides GE's Chinese industrial customers with the opportunity to explore advanced NDT technologies, solutions and services.”

SGS Group, the world's biggest inspection, verification, testing and certification company, offers NDT services in China while GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies, part of GE, is the world's leading manufacturer of NDT inspection equipment.

The jointly owned application centre is located in Kongqiao Industrial Zone in Pudong New Area of Shanghai, and is equipped with NDT inspection equipment supplied by GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies.

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