In today’s world, the role of the technology is progressing successfully along with the rising consumer awareness are influencing the manufacturing of product and equipment used in the industries. Product safety has evolved as a critical parameter in the supply chain of the industries, owing to the transparency demanded by the consumers. Therefore, the involvement of government, regulatory bodies, industry safety rules are coming together to ensure the safety of the intermediate and end-user products as well as the protection of consumers and workplace from potential risks associated with the manufacturing process. The Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) market elucidates each focal point in this process, ensuring compliance of services involving infrastructure, product safety, and population protection.

On the other hand, China’s testing, inspection, and certification market are growing rapidly with the rising imports and exports. China is one of the top 3 countries in the world merchandise trade, commercial services, and IP-related services. Despite the trade tensions, the country has experienced a huge growth rate in imports with a growth rate of 15.8% in 2018. Furthermore, there is a significant scope of a surge in these digits once the trade tensions are relaxed. Thus, the rising trade of the country is boosting the growth of China’s testing, inspection and certification market.

China testing, inspection, and certification market size was valued at $26.43 billion in 2018. Subsequently, the demand for this market is rising at a CAGR of 8.7% over the forecast period 2019-2025.

Geopolitical Consequences Coupled with the Road and Belt Initiative in China are Surging the China TIC Market

The convoluted geopolitical landscape is highly influencing the TIC market share in China. Recent U.S elections invoked protectionism and the rise of anti-regulatory sentiment in the U.S. This, in turn, is impacting the government policies of China which are further strengthening the international supply chains in China. In addition, the local players of China are gaining momentum with these political consequences. As a result, the manufacturing and supplier arrangements are affected by the policies and quality control standards.

On the other hand, Road and Belt Initiative (RBI) of China has initiated interest in diverse sectors such as infrastructure, tourism, and other sectors. The estimated infrastructure cost needs in the developing parts of APAC is about $26 trillion by 2030, with China pledged a sum of $1 trillion. This initiative is strengthening economic, political, and security gains and connectivity of the country with the entire world, with new projects being lined up within the country and the rest of the world. Consequently, these initiatives are increasing the foreign-invested inspection and testing companies in the country along with the local players. These services are ensuring the safety and quality of products including machinery, electronics, appliances, manufacturing equipment, motor vehicles, clothing, food and beverages, and precious stones. Therefore, the RBI continues to navigate China to open up its diverse industries to the global and local players of testing and inspection market. This, in turn, is boosting the business opportunities of foreign inspection and testing companies in China such as Bureau Veritas of France and SGS of Switzerland. Secondly, China is loosening its grip in imposing regulations on the private domestic players. These geopolitical circumstances are surging the China testing inspection and certification market demand.

Growing Product Recalls Along with Regulatory Bodies Strengthening the Growth of the China Testing, Inspection, and Certification Market

Product recalls is a growing concern in China. For instance, in 2018, Lotus Foods rice ramen noodle soup cups of China was recalled by the U.S. jurisdiction. The product was labeled incorrectly instructing the consumers to use a microwave to heat the noodles packaged in paper cups. The product caught fire and reported 12 incidences of damage and hazardous activities. This type of instances is alerting government and other regulatory bodies to amend stringent regulations in testing, inspection, and certification of the product. A sheer volume of products in diverse streams had undergone product recalls in recent times in institutions such as the U.S, Australia, European Union, and Canada. These streams include food and dairy, personal care products, consumer goods, and automotive goods.

Though the regulations in China have transformed substantially over the past few years, the country is further strengthening its capacities to expand risk assessment methodologies and analysis frameworks. For instance, Ministry of Finance, National Development and Reform Commission, China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, and Ministry of Transport collectively imposed a set of 17 measures to support hog production in China. These measures are supporting the infrastructural needs, circulation, animal disease prevention and control demands of the hog production. This, in turn, will promote resource utilization of livestock and its feces. These measures from the regulatory bodies of China are boosting the overall production, thereby strengthening the testing, inspection, and certification market activities in China.

China Testing, Inspection, and Certification Market Experiencing a Sharp Uptick in the Consumer Electronics Sector

Consumer electronics is a dominant sector in the China testing, inspection and certification market and the demand is proliferating with a CAGR of 7.9% during the aforementioned period. The downtick of electronics equipment prices and initiatives such as “Made in China” are augmenting the growth of the consumer electronics market in China. With its proliferated advantages in this industry, China is reigning the consumer electronics market.  U.S import tariffs, on the other hand, are boosting the demand for domestic electronics players in the country. Along with that, the automation and supply chain of electronics manufacturers are focused on driving the metrics that matter. Therefore, in order to intensify the business outcomes, the consumer electronics industry is advancing with upgraded methodologies to improve traceability visibility of the goods. Thus, the rising demand to enhance the quality and traceability of the goods is amplifying the China testing, inspection and certification market demand.

Key Players in China Testing, Inspection and Certification Market

Core companies occupying a significant part in the China testing, inspection and certification market share are Bureau Veritas SA, DEKRA SE, DNV GL Group AS, InTouch Services Ltd., Intertek Group PLC, Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Asia Quality Focus, HQTS Group Ltd., SGS S.A, TUV Rheinland AG Group, China Inspection Co., Ltd., Centre Testing International, China Certification & Inspection Group, Asia Quality Control, V-Trust, TUV SUD, TUV Nord.

Large base of M&A activities is proliferating in this buoyant market owing to the rising demand for food quality and safety along with conformity services in China. One such activity is, in 2019, Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification market acquired Shenzhen Total-Test Technology Co., Ltd., a China-based food testing company. This South China-based organization provides diverse services in processed food products, additives, baby food, agricultural products, non-medical cosmetic products and animal feed. Bureau Veritas’ global food network along with Shenzhen Total-Test’s skillset, licenses and portfolio complement with each other to benefit the food and agricultural commodities audit, inspection, testing, and certification services of China.

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