Korean standard makes life difficult for foreign injection machine builders


The Korea Certification (KC) Standard currently required for selling injection molding and machines into the local market has raised eyebrows at several foreign machine builders PlasticsToday spoke to at the Koplas show held March 12 through 15 in Seoul, Korea.

The KC Standard, introduced in 2011 but reportedly applicable to injection machines since early 2012, is modeled in part on the CE mark, and requires machine vendors to obtain documentation certification, factory certification and machine certification. The key difference with KC machine certification and similar overseas standards such as the CE mark is that an example of each tonnage in a standard series needa to be inspected and individually certified before it can sold in Korea. Furthermore, customized machines need to be certified individually upon delivery to Korea....
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