Successful participation in the virtual Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT) in India7. October 2021
From September 29 to October 01, 2021, the Symposium on International Automotive Technology (SIAT) took place in India with a variety of informative expert presentations around the topic “Redefining Mobility for the Future”.
After the official opening, plenary sessions discussed a variety of topics for the future. Topics ranged from alternative energies, e-mobility, emission control, to the general challenges in the international certification market.
Julian Busch, Managing Director of MPR International from Frankfurt, gave an overview of the current challenges in the international certification market. He explained the various types of certifications, how they are applied worldwide in a comparable form and how they differ greatly nationally. In this context, the increasingly complex test requirements represent a major challenge for the manufacturers of vehicles and components.
Currently, the most important certifications for the Indian automotive market are AIS (Automotive Industry Standards) certification or a certification from the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards). The product scope for BIS certification alone was expanded by 242 product groups last year. The Indian authorities plan to continue this trend.
Automotive manufacturers and Indian test centres alike benefited from the information provided at the seminars. The information is valuable since the India market is booming with projected growth into the foreseeable future making product certifications more relevant. Due to the ever-increasing complexity of regulations, it is also important for the local test infrastructure to stay up to date.
To obtain certification in India, domestic and foreign automotive manufacturers must meet the same requirements. For example, in most cases, a factory audit and product testing are required as part of the certification process for both domestic and foreign manufacturers. Some products even require more than one certification. Good preparation and knowledge of the current regulations are crucial for smooth and trouble-free trading.
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