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Ash Sahi, president and CEO

CSA Group boosts capabilities to tap global markets

Driven by its vision to create a safer and more sustainable world to protect the public against potentially dangerous practices and goods, CSA Group has made its mark worldwide by inspiring confidence in industries, regulators, manufacturers and consumers. CSA Group helps ensure that products in the market are safer for public consumption by testing and certifying products to applicable standards.

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Driven by its vision to create a safer and more sustainable world to protect the public against potentially dangerous practices and goods, CSA Group has made its mark worldwide by inspiring confidence in industries, regulators, manufacturers and consumers. CSA Group helps ensure that products in the market are safer for public consumption by testing and certifying products to applicable standards.

"Our agenda is to help provide safer products and make the world more sustainable for the betterment of society. Integrity, public trust, continuous improvement and accountability are our core values, and we uphold these in everything we do," says Ash Sahi, president and CEO.

CSA Group has developed more than 3,000 standards in 54 technology areas. It tests and certifies a variety of products across industries - from microwave ovens to protective gear to LED lighting to medical instruments. CSA certification marks appear on billions of qualified products worldwide.

Specialising in products for the electrical and industrial sectors, particularly those used in hazardous and industrial applications, CSA Group has also built rich knowledge resources in the gas, vehicle and electric appliance segments.

In the last decade, CSA Group has focused on sustainability. It develops standards and invests in building capabilities in areas such as solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel, among others.

"Our goals are to understand the evolution of products and services to ensure they improve the quality of life globally," Sahi says.

A valuable ally of governments and companies, CSA Group raises the bar for quality products and safer practices. The Canadian government legislates almost 40 per cent of CSA Group-developed standards into law.

CSA Group aggressively expanded its international operations through organic growth and acquisitions. Supporting the expansion plans of clients and exploring strategic alliances with companies outside the Western Hemisphere, CSA Group has been building laboratories across emerging markets, particularly in Asia for the past 15 years.

It has laboratories in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Kunshin. Outside the mainland, CSA Group has also established laboratories in Bangalore, Seoul and Taipei, where it is building a lab that will focus on power tools testing.

To continue its growth internationally, CSA Group plans to spend US$100 million in capital investments - two-thirds of which will go to building capabilities in Asia. The organisation has identified the automotive, industrial, medical and gas industries as focus areas for the region and is seeking partners in these sectors.

"We are open to partnership and acquisition opportunities with companies with good integrity, competency and a strong knowledge base in those technologies," Sahi says.

 

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