ESTABLISHED in 1963, the Hong Kong Standards and Testing Centre is the territory's oldest independent laboratory testing and inspection agency. We were the first commercial laboratory accredited by the Hong Kong Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (HOKLAS). Our staff of 130, housed in a 30,000-square-foot purpose-built premises in Tai Po Industrial Estate, take pride in serving Hong Kong industries. Our centre is equipped with the latest material to carry out various laboratory testing, which aims to establish the highest standard of service and fastest turn-around time for our customers. As a non-profit distributing company, profits generated by the centre are reinvested in test equipment and facilities to better serve industries and Hong Kong. We have been keeping abreast of international technology and standards development to advise our customers and support them in their product development. Our experience and work are recognised by many national and international organisations and certification bodies. As the local manufacturing industry expands north, we established our first joint office in Shenzhen in May to provide inspection services in China. We are also exploring co-operation with a number of testing and inspection authorities to extend our scope of services in China to satisfy our customers' needs. Dr John Lo, OBE, JP chairman The board members and I wish to take this opportunity to express our appreciations to our customers for their support and to seek their continued support in the future years. Also, I would like to thank all our honorary directors and our staff for their dedicated service.