Signing a Technical Cooperation Program Between SASO and NEMA
The Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) has signed a joint technical cooperation program with the American National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), as part of efforts by both sides to reduce technical barriers to trade and facilitate bilateral trade between the Kingdom and the United States.
The program was signed by HE Saad bin Othman Al-Kasabi, Governor of SASO, and Mr. Kevin J. Cosgriff, CEO of NEMA. The program aims at developing joint technical cooperation between SASO and NEMA for a period of two years in the field of preparing standards for the electrical field and other fields of standardization.
Cooperation between SASO and NEMA is based on the review, use, re-issuance and adoption of NEMA's specifications, by SASO where necessary. In addition, it includes the exchange of information on technical specifications and safety issues with special emphasis on products used in hazardous sites such as petrochemical facilities. Moreover, the cooperation transfers knowledge to SASO's employees and help them build capacity in NEMA's areas of competence.
NEMA was founded in 1936. It is considered the umbrella for all electrical equipment manufacturers. Companies associated with NEMA manufacture a wide range of products including power transmission and distribution equipment; lighting systems; factory automation and control systems. The total value of US shipments for the electrical industry reaches about 100 billion dollars a year.