FIME expands mobile and NFC distribution in China


Enhanced partnership offers EMV, NFC and payment terminal consultancy and test tools to Chinese device and chip manufacturers

Advanced secure chip testing provider, FIME, has expanded its activity in China through distribution partner Flash Technology. The partnership, which has seen Flash Technology support local manufacturers with FIME's automated RF test bench since 2012, will now deliver additional mobile and near field communication (NFC) consulting services and testing products to Chinese mobile handset, secure chip, payment terminal and secure element manufacturers.

Arnaud Peninon, director of FIME Asia, commented: 'This partnership enables us to be in closer proximity to our customers in China, with a wider product portfolio to validate NFC-capable devices and contact and contactless terminals. Chinese manufacturers can take advantage of FIME's international expertise and NFC Forum qualified test tools, combined with the regional knowledge and presence of Flash Technology to deliver support in local languages.'

Quek Geok Heng, general manager at Flash Technology, added: 'As a leading payment industry certification laboratory and test tool provider, FIME is a perfect partner for Flash Technology as we work to support the long term growth of the Chinese mobile market. We look forward to building on the successes of the last two years as we deliver even more value to our local manufacturing customers.'

Assessing the current status of the market, Peninon concluded: 'As a market that is growing rapidly, certification and interoperability testing is essential to ensure the sustainability, stability and international interoperability of the mobile and NFC ecosystem. Convenient and cost effective access to internationally recognised test equipment and services is key to ensuring successful qualifications and product developments. China is an expansive market in terms of its size and growth potential so we are delighted to be achieving such success in collaboration with Flash Technology.'


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