AIA signs cooperative agreement with China Machine Vision Union

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The Automated Imaging Association (AIA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the China Machine Vision Union (CMVU), a recently-formed trade association representing machine vision in China.

'We are very excited to be collaborating with CMVU in our mutual efforts to advance the understanding and use of imaging and vision technologies,' said Jeff Burnstein, president of AIA.

The agreement outlines a wide-range of activities on which the two associations will collaborate including an exchange of market data, mutual support for trade shows and technical conferences, and promotion of member companies.

'We plan to build upon our initial areas of cooperation within the next year as CMVU grows and accelerates its activities,' said Burnstein. 'Having experienced the difficulties of starting AIA back in 1984 with only a handful of member companies, I know how challenging it is to build a strong trade group. I've pledged the support of myself and the AIA staff to help CMVU in any way we can.'

Burnstein signed the agreement on behalf of AIA, while Dr Ding Shaohua, chairman of the board of CMVU, signed for the Chinese trade group. The signing ceremony took place on 26 October in Beijing during the Vision China trade show and conference.

During the conference, Burnstein gave a talk on 'The growing importance of machine vision' which focused on leading applications and future opportunities for vision in a wide-range of industries.

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