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Lecture about WPC Certification on Technical Forum for the Export of Machines and Components

As part of the annual “CE Practice Days” conference, an “International Machine Safety Day” will take place for the first time in 2020, which will focus on the export of machines and systems to non-European markets. An employee of the MPR International GmbH will give a lecture in the specialist forum “Export of machines, systems and components to China and India. The lecture will put a special focus on the WPC Certification needed for India.
The “CE Practice Days” is an annual specialist conference on the topic of CE marking. This year’s event is about updates and best practices regarding the Machinery Directive and CE, which are the other requirements that are relevant for manufacturers beyond CE. New this year is the international machine safety day, which deals with the export to and the requirements in the USA, China, India and Russia. Three parallel specialist forums will be held on the USA and Canada (1), China and India (2) and Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus (3).

The Chinese and Indian markets are still emerging and are the focus of many companies. Manufacturers interested in these markets are often faced with the question of whether their products are subject to certification and how they can obtain certification. This lecture will give an overview of the CCC certification for China, the WPC certification for India and their respective processes. Other topics include dealing with China RoHS and how spare parts are often subject to certification themselves.
The CCC certification is the most important Chinese certification. It is mandatory for many different products such as toys, household appliances and more. In addition, there are possible additional certification requirements such as SELO for pressure vessels, China RoHS for hazardous substances or the China Energy Label (CEL) for electricity-intensive devices.
BIS certification and the WPC certificate are the most important certifications in India. BIS is mandatory for a whole range of products, such as household appliances, valves, gas cylinders, steel products, air conditioning systems, electronics and IT goods. The following certifications may also apply: AIS/TAC for automotive products, WPC certification for wireless products, TEC certification for telecommunications and IT, CDSCO for medical devices and PESO certification for the oil and gas industry.
The “International Machine Safety Day” will take place on May 8, 2020 in Pforzheim.
Since 2005, the MPR International GmbH has been helping companies around the world obtain certifications for the Chinese and Indian markets. If you would like more Information regarding the certifications, please visit our website or contact us via email or phone +49692713769261.

Better environment in India for the import of mobile phone components

Between 2016 and 2019, the number of imported smartphones fell by 83 percent from 70.9 to 12.2 million. In the same period, the number of devices sold and registered rose from 252 to around 500 million. These figures speak for solid growth in the local industry. According to the Indian Association for Mobile Communications and Electronic Equipment (ICEA), mobile communications devices, components or individual parts are produced in around 260 production facilities nationwide. Major brands, both from India and abroad, have either set up their own production facilities, are planning to do so, or are commissioning Indian-based subcontractors with production.

In order to support the industry’s development and growth, the Indian government has introduced the following incentives: reduced taxes and subsidies for manufacturers of mobile phones, components and parts, permission for foreign companies or investors to participate fully in companies for the manufacturing of the aforementioned products, and a 0% basic duty on capital goods for the manufacturing of mobile phones. As a result of this support, domestic production of mobile phones increased from 60 to 290 million units in the period 2014 to 2019. A shift from the use of prefabricated components to individual parts was observed in production, which enabled the country to gradually increase its domestic added value.

In a national plan for the electronics industry, the Indian government has set out to develop the country into a hub for the mobile communications industry by 2025. Among other things, the goal includes increasing the production of mobile phones to 1 billion units annually in 2025, of which 600 million are earmarked for export. A further support programme for the settlement of companies is planning the establishment of 20 production clusters distributed over 15 Indian states. In order to facilitate the relocation of production facilities, the import of used plant and machinery with a remaining operational life span of at least 5 years has been considerably simplified. However, WPC Certification or TEC certification is still mandatory for the import of wireless devices and many telecommunications products to India. We would be pleased to advise you if and which India certification is required for your products and accompany you during the whole process of registration and certification.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details and consultation. You can contact us via e-mail, or call us (UK: +44 2071931135, Rest of Europe: +49 69 2713769261, US: +1 773 654-2673).

India plans its own standards for air purification systems

Despite all the efforts of the Indian government in recent years, air pollution in India, especially in the greater New Delhi area, remains very high. Nevertheless, most equipment and sensors are still imported from abroad. Instruments for measuring and monitoring air quality as well as air filters and air purification systems are largely designed to European standards. For this reason, the Indian government is now planning to expand its own network of measuring stations to determine the true extent of nationwide air pollution for the first time.

There are currently around 30 measuring stations in Delhi and another 200 in other cities. The cost of building a station ranges from USD 200,000 to 350,000. It is expected that India will need thousands of these stations in the coming years, based on the current urban air pollution levels. Residents who can afford it, buy air filters and air purification systems. Schools, offices and public institutions invest in this technology, which promises clean and healthy air. Various scientific studies on air purifiers in India predict that this market alone will grow from the current $14.14 million to $38.99 million by 2023. Despite an increasing demand and a growing market, a large part of the equipment comes from abroad.

According to a spokesman for the Central Air Pollution Monitoring Bureau of India (CPCB), soot is another local problem. The technology currently in use, both sensors and air filters, are designed for the climate and air quality in Europe. While the AQI index for air quality there is below 100 on average, values of 500 are regularly achieved in Delhi. Therefore, different and more effective technologies are needed for India, said the CPCB spokesperson. The Indian Ministry of Environment is therefore now working with the CPCB and the National Physics Laboratory (NPL) on specific local guidelines for air measurement and purification equipment. In addition, an agreement will soon be signed with a national reference laboratory in the UK to develop and certify the equipment according to international standards. However, it is likely to take another 2 to 3 years before this process is completed, said the head of the NPL, Dr. Aswal. During this time, India is dependent on the import of foreign equipment. Electronic equipment needs to be certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) before it can be imported into India. We will be happy to advise you whether your products are affected by this and support you with BIS certification.
Here you can find more information about the AIS/TAC certification, BIS certification, WPC certification and TEC certification.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details and consultation. You can contact us via e-mail, or call us (UK: +44 2071931135, Rest of Europe: +49 69 2713769150, US: +1 773 654-2673).
You can also download our brochures about the compulsory certifications here.

Lecture on BIS Certification at German-Indian Round Table in Osnabrueck

The German-Indian Round Table in Osnabrueck, Germany will take place on March 27, 2020. MPR International GmbH participates in this with a specialized lecture on BIS certification for the Indian market. The event has a special focus on agricultural machinery. The goal of the German-Indian Round Table is to promote economic relations between Germany and India. In addition, there is a regular exchange between German and Indian entrepreneurs and managers.
The German-Indian Round Table (GIRT) is an association of people with economic and personal interest in India. GIRT is represented at twenty locations in Germany and three locations in India.

The Indian market is becoming increasingly interesting for German companies. The question that often arises is whether your products are subject to certification and how to obtain the certification. The focus of this lecture will be the different product groups, their approvals and the current status of the regulations.
There are a number of different certifications in India. There is AIS for automotive products, BIS certification, WPC certification for wireless products, TEC certification for telecommunications and IT and PESO certification for the oil and gas industry.
The most important certification is the BIS certification. BIS stands for the Bureau of Indian Standards and is the national Indian certification body. BIS is mandatory for a wide variety of products including; household appliances, certain foods, valves, gas bottles, steel products, air conditioning, cables, electronics and IT goods.
Since 2005 MPR International GmbH has been helping companies around the world obtain certifications for the Chinese and Indian markets. If you would like more Information regarding the certifications, please visit our website or contact us via email or phone +49692713769150.

“In Compliance Magazine” Publishes an Article About Automotive Product Certifications in India

“In Compliance Magazine” published an English-language article on January 31, 2020 about the necessary certifications for Automotive products to be imported into India. The article was conceived by Julian Busch, Managing Director of MPR International GmbH. The article can be found here.
The Indian import and product quality standard regulations have changed dramatically over the past 30 years and continue to change at an ever-increasing rate. Over the past five years, the government’s “Made in India” campaign and its policies have brought about many new standards for a range of industries, including for the Automotive sector.
The most important product certifications in India are:

While these different categories are institutionally separated, more than one of them might apply to any given product, depending on the type (e.g. a cordless phone for a car might fall under AIS, WPC and TEC). The article goes into more depth on each of these different certifications.
One of the key conclusions of the article is that the market has developed dramatically, but continues to do so at an ever-increasing pace. Almost on a monthly basis, new items are added to the existing lists of certification mandatory products, so it is vital to observe market development carefully to stay on top of all the changes. We are publishing news every week, so feel free to come back to our site for up-to-date information.
The article also concludes that the government’s policies will improve conditions for foreign manufacturers to import their products into India. With a growing middle class, everything looks set for a strong growth in opportunities as well.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details and consultation. You can contact us via e-mail, or call us (UK: +44 2071931135, Rest of Europe: +49 69 2713769261, US: +1 773 654-2673).
You can also check out our free AIS-Brochure, which can be downloaded right here as a PDF.

The Indian market for gemstones and jewelry could soon grow to 75 billion US$

At the presentation of the 46th Indian Gold and Jewellery Awards in New Delhi in December 2019, Trade and Industry Minister Goyal praised the industry’s efforts, but also urged faster implementation and achievement of the Ministry’s target of $75 billion in annual sales. The Indian gemstone and jewelry industry has enormous growth potential and could create additional jobs, Goyal continued. His Ministry of Trade and Industry will continue to expand the promotion and support of this sector.

New support programs for entrepreneurs will soon be offered for taking out loans and exchanging their money into foreign currencies. Nationwide, four more test centres for gemstones and jewellery will be established in addition to the existing four, where retailers can have their goods tested and certified. The Minister also encouraged the industry’s leaders to introduce a programme for the purchase of scrap gold in order to avoid an increasing and unnecessary import of raw materials, mainly gold. Industry decision makers also discussed the creation of jewellery markets in the style of the Dubai Gold Souk to attract domestic and foreign buyers.

India already cuts and refines 14 out of 15 diamonds mined worldwide, so it is important for the diamond processing sector to train and regularly educate the relevant specialists. Minister Piyush urged the industry to develop further training centres and recruit skilled workers. In addition, India will have higher quality requirements for jewellery and raw materials, especially gold, from 2021 and imports will also be subject to certification. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) introduced a labelling requirement for the purity of gold jewellery, which from 2021 must bear a stamp or hallmark to inform the consumer of the purity of the gold. We will be happy to inform you whether your products are also affected by the mandatory BIS registration or labelling. In addition, we are available as a partner for the application and procedure of a BIS certification.