Mr. Zhou Wei, CEO of INMOTION Technologies Co., Ltd.

The company believes the scooter’s quick control and optimized startup make it the easiest man–machine interaction available. What’s more, it’s child-friendly as it automatically detects your weight and adapts its speed and functions. So if a child of less than 20 kg gets on it, it deploys additional safety measures. And it is foldable too, which makes it easy to carry and store.

Inmotion CEO Zhou Wei dreams big. When asked what developments he expects to see in the future, he said, “We want to be using new materials that reduce the weight of this device to less than 10 kg! And we want to take ‘foldable’ to its limit so you can carry it in your backpack. Of course, we also want to make it driverless, that is, able to detect road conditions, process driving information and update users.”

So where do International Standards come into all this? “They ensure quality and prevent products that could pose safety risks from entering markets,” says Zhou Wei. “International Standards protect consumers and the environment; they help companies like us to make products that are compatible and allow interchangeability, communication and coordination. In fact, International Standards play a very important role in the practical use and evolution of new technologies,” the CEO concludes.

Future kitchens

The world's first non-puffing pressure cooker.

But Inmotion is not the only Chinese company that believes standards go hand in hand with innovation. Joyoung is working on next-generation kitchen appliances. It is particularly proud of its cell-wall-breaking technology, which, as the name implies, breaks down food cell walls to increase grinding efficiency. The new system is being used to improve the taste of soymilk – something the lactose-intolerant or vegans will especially appreciate! The company has also come up with the world’s first non-puffing pressure cooker, an 18-minute noodle-maker and a quiet and easy-to-clean juicing machine that yields 55 % more than conventional machines.

For Joyoung, participating in standardization helps the company move in the right direction and become more competitive. “Thanks to International Standards, we have been able to maintain high-quality production. They have also helped us to continue innovating and growing, so that we can make people’s daily lives easier and better.” Indeed, the company puts so much value in standards that they are now actively involved in the standardization of soymilk grinders and noodle-making machines.

Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP) is widely used in sanitary products and diapers.

Efficient hygiene

HowYou, an innovative Chinese company in the field of sanitary products and diapers, tells a similar story. The company is using new materials (SAP) and technologies to increase their products’ absorption efficiency while reducing costs. HowYou is proud to be actively involved in the ISO committee that is currently developing standards in this new area because they believe that “International Standards for this technology will reduce misunderstandings and business risks and boost international trade”.

From batteries to renewables

Guangdong Brunp Recycling Technology is another innovative Chinese company working on the hazard-free recycling and treatment of electric vehicle batteries. It believes International Standards enhance exchange and cooperation between countries, and set a benchmark that leads industry in the right direction.

Shenzhen Dynanonic, a company in the lithium-ion battery sector agrees: “Standards can play an important role in the transformation of scientific and technological achievements through technical upgrading, system innovation, organization science and market stability. They help shorten the cycle of scientific and technological achievements into real productive forces.”

Finally, Shenzhen Clou Electronics, which is working with renewables, adds, “International Standards are catalysts for technical communication and cooperation, and the advancement of technology. They act as the foundation for new technologies. When innovation is transferred to an International Standard, it’s a great recognition, because it makes it binding, promoting the new technology.”

Their secret?

How does Chinese industry get involved with International Standards? The Standardization Administration of China (SAC), the national ISO member, coordinates standardization work in the country. Through SAC, Chinese experts are involved in nearly 740 ISO committees and subcommittees.