ARTC Wins Harley Davidson’s Accreditation for 1st Overseas Testing Labs

Photo: Doc. Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC), Taiwan

TAIPEI, – Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC) of Taiwan, the most important transportation-vehicle testing and R&D institute on the island, recently brought a good news to motorcycle parts and accessory suppliers in Taiwan and Asia-Pacific hoping to tap into leading American motorcycle vendor’s global supply chain: ARTC has become the first overseas testing labs approved by Harley-Davidson, Inc. (H-D) of the U.S, Wednesday (5/9).

In the future, ARTC points out, parts and suppliers in Taiwan and Asia-Pacific are expected to greatly cut their costs and shorten the product-development period by sending their new products to be tested at ARTC’s Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Testing LAB and Environmental Testing LAB in Changhua, center of Taiwan, before they commence mass production and delivery to H-D. The top American motorcycle has commissioned the two labs to test full-range parts and accessories, making ARTC the 7th approved testing labs, and the first outside the U.S. authorized by H-D.

Welcoming H-D’s recent decision for choosing a qualified overseas testing partner, ARTC claims that it is happy to provide assistances to H-D’s Asia-Pacific suppliers for jumping onto the direct train bounded for the leading American motorcycle vendor’s supply chain, through the easier, faster, and more cost-efficient way.

For H-D, an iconic brand founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1903, which has long been pursuing riding safety and fun, the quality, reliability and safety are without doubt top priorities. To assure these priorities achieved before a new H-D model’s launch, ARTC points out, all parts, components and accessories used to be fully tested and verified at only six testing labs accredited by H-D inside the U.S. So, parts suppliers to H-D were required to send their products after a long way to the U.S. at higher costs.

After intensive communications and technical exchanges for around 15 months, ARTC’s established strength and ability have successfully won H-D’s trust and accreditation for on-site providing a total of 58 testing services covering four major fields, including environmental, mechanical, electrical and EMC, at ARTC’s EMC and Environmental Testing LAB. ARTC already constructed testing, confirmation, and technical assessment capability required by H-D for parts and accessories.

Joe Huang, president of ARTC, points out that ARTC has been persisting in upgrading its testing capability for transportation-vehicle industry since establishment; especially constantly and intensively pouring resources into both hardware and software upgrading at its EMC Testing LAB, which has won approvals and highest confirmations from international automakers, such as GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Jaguar Land Rover, etc.

“Winning approval from iconic H-D for conducting a total of 58 testing works at ARTC is without doubt a pleasant extra-point for our continued efforts in constituting world-class testing capability in Taiwan,” Huang claims, “and we look forward to providing services to more players in Asia-Pacific region who are targeting at international vehicle manufacturers’ supply chains.”

In addition to the latest accreditation from H-D, ARTC has already been a reputed testing service provider with approvals, or cross-licensing from domestic Ministry of Transportation and Communications, TÜV Rheinland and TÜV SÜD of Germany, IDIADA of Spain etc., making the center one of the most important testing centers for assembled-vehicle and parts makers in the region.(PRN/TPP)