ITALIAN RINA EXPANDS IN CHINA
ITALIAN-based classification society Rina has opened a major new office in Shanghai, China, and is set to expand activity and staffing there by over 30% during 2008.
The expanded office will house a Plan Approval Centre, intended to give rapid local service to Chinese shipyards, and also provide a base for Rina's fast-growing certification activities in China.
These include conformity assessment in the car and truck, machinery, food and textile businesses. During 2008 Rina will also open a survey office in Dalian and set up a Chinese Technical Advisory Committee to facilitate communication and interfacing with the Chinese maritime cluster.
Rina ceo Ugo Salerno says, "Our investment in China is a recognition of the importance of the Chinese shipbuilding market and its rapid growth, which requires close support from classification societies. We are also seeing increased demand for our verification services across a wide range of industries, and this expanded office will provide us the platform to meet that demand."