BEIJING -- Southwest Research Institute of San Antonio, an engineering and testing company, has formed a joint venture with a Chinese research center that develops emissions testing equipment and standards.
The joint venture, called SWARC, could help Chinese automakers looking to export to the United States ensure they meet U.S. emissions standards.
"To meet U.S. emissions regulations we need to cooperate with a competent company," says a manager at Chery Automobile Co. "The new Southwest Research Institute joint venture could be an option."
Entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin aims to import 250,000 Chery sedans into the United States in 2007.
"Southwest Research Institute has good experience in emissions tests," says Nian Sun, the institute's chief representative in Beijing. "For this JV test lab, we are mainly going to work on the emissions tests."
SWARC initially will focus on improving China's diesel engine emissions testing and control technology.
The joint venture is in the north China coastal city of Tianjin.
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