ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - The Air Movement and Control Association International Inc. (AMCA) and the Beijing Chinese Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association Quality Certification Center Co. Ltd. (CRAAQCC) entered into a memo of understanding (MOU) for a collaborative venture. The CRAAQCC will be AMCA's sole agent in China authorized to communicate with licensees, potential licensees, specifiers, members, and potential members regarding the Certified Ratings Program (CRP). Pete Neitzel, AMCA president, and Yang Yan-ru, CRAAQCC president, signed the MOU agreement.

"This is a second MOU agreement instituted by AMCA within a six month period," said Barbara Morrison, AMCA's executive director, citing November 2005, when AMCA had previously signed a collaborative agreement with Korea MPI in a similar venture. The current signing took place April 11, opening day of the Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration (AHR) China Expo in Shanghai, China.

"Many benefits will be derived by all parties, including promotion of identical procedures for product certification throughout the world, encouraging simplification, standardization, and cost reduction," Morrison explained. "Increased membership and revenue are among the many benefits CRAAQCC will enjoy by offering direct access to the license and use of the AMCA Seal, and AMCA gains increased CRP participation and recognition through licenses granted to Chinese manufacturers.

"While this venture begins with the CRP for fans, both AMCA and CRAAQCC pledge to work toward expanding their program to include other product lines under the scope of AMCA International."

Publication date: 04/24/2006