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Issue 08/2017

Improving relevance and efficiency

CAB Chair shares key decisions and developments

Highlights of the IEC Conformity Assessment Board (CAB) meeting, which took place during the 81th IEC General Meeting in Vladivostok, Russian Federation.

Issue 01/2017

IEC work to advance international trade

Dr Shu Yinbiao at Davos 2017

Every January, international political, business and civil society leaders gather at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss global politics, economics, and social issues.  This year, the IEC was present at the meeting: Dr Shu Yinbiao, IEC Vice-President and Convener of the Market Strategy Board (MSB), participated in the panel discussion Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution on 17 January 2017.

2016
Issue 09/2016

Frankfurt Agreement streamlines European and IEC Standards

New Agreement enhances transparency and pools expert resources

Today, electrical and electronic devices are the largest category of goods traded in the world, representing 17,7% of total trade value in 2015, according to UN Comtrade statistics. This doesn’t include lighting, photographic devices, aircraft and trains. IEC publishes the majority of International Standards for these devices and systems and around 80% of all European electrotechnical standards are identical to or based on IEC International Standards.

Issue 09/2016

IEC Lord Kelvin Award 2016

Uwe Kampet of BSH Home Appliances receives highest global prize in electrotechnology

The IEC Lord Kelvin Award, the highest global prize in electrotechnology honours Uwe Kampet’s outstanding commitment to the mission of the IEC and long-term contribution to increasing safety as well as enabling the technical harmonization that underpins global trade

2015
Issue 09/2015

Focus on smart, innovative technologies

IEC President Dr Junji Nomura addresses Council

Electricity and electronics are increasingly in everything, even in devices that were purely mechanical before. Not only individual products, but whole companies need to be able to work with each other to come up with technology solutions for increasingly large systems. In his address to Council Nomura sent a strong message: IEC National Committees (NCs) have a key role to play in promoting IEC work. They are the IEC! More than ever, NCs need to represent all national stakeholders and send the right experts to participate in IEC work at the global level.

Issue 09/2015

Energy Efficiency: from theory to reality

Council Open Session – 16 October 2015

Increasing the efficiency on how energy is generated and then used, should not remain idle talk. And while measuring is important to know where to improve, factual changes on the ground will make all the difference.