APG and NMi form the first global distribution agreement in the proficiency testing industry, and will work closely together to promote existing products and develop new ones
Analytical Products Group (APG) and the Nederlands Meetinstituut (NMi) signed a distribution agreement to jointly distribute their proficiency testing and quality assurance products in North America and the European Union.
This global agreement, said the first of its kind, will allow laboratories to benchmark their performance against international peers - an opportunity that has been limited in the past.
In today's global economy, analytical data must be defensible and repeatable across national borders, and this global distribution agreement will help to ensure data quality.
The agreement was initiated because APG wanted to expand its presence in the European Union.
Likewise, NMi, the National Metrology Institute of the Netherlands, was searching for a distributor that would increase its exposure in North America.
Both organisations are said to be well respected in the fields of proficiency testing, quality control standards, calibration, and other certification methods.
Representatives from each organisation visited the headquarters of the other in January 2005 to define the details of the agreement.
APG will market and sell NMi's natural gas and alcoholic beverages (beer and wine) proficiency testing and quality control products.
NMi will market and sell APG's environmental proficiency testing and quality control products.
The organisations will jointly attend trade shows and conferences to promote the products.
The organisations will also collaborate on a multi-lingual, e-commerce internet presence.
In the future, the organisations will jointly introduce new products and services to expand the agreement.