TÜV Rheinland Japan has started offering an INMETRO（the National Institute of Metrology Standardization and Industrial Quality of Brazil) testing service for automotive Lead-acid batteries destined for the Brazilian market. Until now, Japanese battery manufacturers who want to export their products to Brazil have been required to forward test samples, in order to acquire INMETRO certification. The costs and procedures for exporting and importing the test samples and the time required for transportation placed big burdens on Japanese battery manufacturers. Our new service will make it possible for them to test their products in Japan, allowing them to test their samples much more efficiently.
Lithium-ion batteries have recently come into wide use in consumer electronic products (i.e., smartphones, tablets and PCs) and as onboard batteries in electric and hybrid cars. However, Lead-acid batteries, with their better cost-to-performance ratio, are so safe and reliable that they are still used extensively to provide power to a variety of machines and devices, including motorcycles, automobiles (including electric cars), cranes and forklift trucks.
It is forecasted that by 2025 the world market value of Lead-acid batteries will exceed 84 billion dollars (in U.S. dollars) per annum. It is anticipated that the automobile markets in China, India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and Indonesia will expand particularly rapidly. Furthermore, it is expected that demand for Lead-acid batteries and uninterruptible power supply systems (UPSs) will increase in various sectors. These include in petroleum & gas engineering, nuclear and thermal power generation, and power storage for gas turbines, residential and office buildings, hospitals, and factories. This demand will also help expand the lead-acid storage battery market around the world*1.
Automotive parts intended for sale in Brazil need to undergo conformity testing, acquire certification and be registered in accordance with the laws and technical standards set forth by the INMETRO.
TÜV Rheinland Japan is offering a variety of battery evaluation and testing services, including ones for lithium-ion batteries, nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, and Lead-acid batteries. In addition, our Kansai Technology Center (KTAC), a battery testing laboratory, is accredited by DAkkS (a German accreditation body) for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025.
TÜV Rheinland Japan Ltd. has decided to start offering its INMETRO testing service in the hope that demand for lead-acid starter batteries will grow as the automotive market in Brazil expands. We succeeded in expanding the scope of our ISO/IEC-compliance accreditation for testing under the INMETRO regulations and technical standards for automotive Lead-acid batteries that are subject to Brazil's compulsory certification system. This has allowed us to offer testing services for products that need INMETRO certification. TÜV Rheinland Japan is the only third-party certification body in Japan that is qualified to offer lead-acid battery testing service in accordance with the INMETRO regulations and technical standards*2.
＊1 Source:RESEARCHANDMARKET http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/kvf4lb/lead_acid_battery
＊2 Automotive Lead-acid batteries: related regulations and technical standards
INMETRO 239 RTQ
INMETRO 299 RAC
INMETRO 301 RAC
ABNT NBR 15940 – automotive road vehicles
ANBT NBR 15941 – motorcycles