CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 12, 2005--National Technical Systems, Inc. (NTS) (Nasdaq:NTSC), a leading provider of quality and conformance testing and managed services, announced today that it had completed an agreement with Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre (STC) to pursue the development of a testing laboratory to serve the markets of the Peoples Republic of China (China) and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong). The testing services planned to be offered initially will include USB Device and Hub, USB On-the-Go, Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Laboratory (WHQL), ZigBee and Firewire certifications.
National Technical Systems (NTS) has been certified for these technologies in the US for several years. Under the agreement, STC will provide the manpower and facilities for the new testing services, and NTS will provide equipment and technical know-how to assist STC in developing an approved certified laboratory for these technologies. NTS will remain the certifying agency and will continue to issue all final test reports and certifications for the services being developed in the identified territories.
"China and Hong Kong represent very large markets for these technologies. By combining forces, with each company utilizing their respective areas of expertise, we expect to achieve an excellent business structure in these territories. We are very pleased with this new relationship as it continues our strategic penetration into Asia," said William McGinnis, NTS's Chief Executive Officer.
Founded in 1963, Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre (STC) is the first independent, not-for-profit, testing, inspection and certification agency in Hong Kong. The Centre, operating in various parts of Asia, aims to provide the highest standard, most cost-effective and fastest turnaround service to meet the needs of industry and trade. STC is recognized by many national and international organizations and accreditation bodies.
About National Technical Systems, Inc.
National Technical Systems, Inc. is a business-to-business services company providing organizations in the aerospace, defense, information technology (IT) and high technology markets integrated testing, certification, quality registration, systems evaluation and IT staffing services. For additional information about National Technical Systems, visit its web site at www.ntscorp.com.
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