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Perth base for Standard Asian push

PERTH is to become the Standards Australia Group’s gateway to Asia.

The group wants to capitalise on trade opportunities triggered by the Asian economic upturn and has opened an office in East Perth.

Deputy Premier Hendy Cowan said, as Asia began to climb out of its recession, the services Stand-ards Australia can provide would strengthen the recovery process.

The group’s subsidiary, Quality Assurance Services, has also relocated to Adelaide Terrace. It has offices around Australia, New Zealand, India and Indonesia and specialises in certification of products and management systems.

QAS managing director Keith Ketheeswaran said the increased integration and importance of its business in Asia had led the company to upgrade its Perth base.

“We’re now able to offer our Asian clients easier access to better resources in a shared time zone,” Mr Ketheeswaran said.

“It also means our capability to service major mining and industry clients is expanding and we can offer more options to organisations in central and northern Australia.

“Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the expansion is the opportunity for trade facilitation.

“This will include an increased focus both on helping offshore clients enter our market and giving concrete assistance to our Australian clients, smoothing their way into some the most lucrative export markets in the world.”

Standards Australia Group chief executive Ross Wraight said the group’s move into Perth was happening at a time when it was expanding its reach to meet the challenges of increasing global competition.

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