China-America Conference on Quality to focus on supplier selection, communicating expectations, more

China-America Conference on Quality to focus on supplier selection, communicating expectations, more

For Immediate Release

Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 4, 2012 — Attendees of the fourth China-America Conference on Quality will explore supplier selection, communicating expectations, audits and reviews, determining conformance and resolving problems, according to Conference Chairman Dennis Arter.

The event will take place Dec. 5–7 in Xiamen, China, at the Fortune Hotel and will include a tour of a Dell computer assembly facility. The event is sponsored by ASQ China and the China Association for Quality.

Event speakers will include:

  • DZ Yang, supplier engineering manager and material manager for Applied Materials, a global provider of manufacturing solutions for semiconductor, display and solar industries
  • Todd Sullivan, secretary and past chair of ASQ’s Corning-Elmira, N.Y., sections and president and senior consultant at Tech Bridge International Inc., an international business development and quality consulting company
  • Leon Shaw, senior quality manager at Black and Veatch, a global engineering firm in the infrastructure industry
  • Marcus Khoo, senior member of technical staff at Altera, an electronics component manufacturer with many suppliers in China.

"With each China-America Conference, we increase our understanding of normal practices and expectations," said Tian Tongkun, China Association for Quality vice chairman of international affairs. "We build stronger relationships and reduce frustrations. That promotes higher quality on both sides."
Both American and Chinese quality professionals will give brief presentations about standard practices, followed by audience questions, comments and discussions.

At the end of the event, common approaches used by both sides, as well as differences, will be identified and participants will explore cultural impediments to quality and suggest solutions.

The conference fee is RMB 2,500, or about $800, and payable onsite. Participants are encouraged to register early, to allow adequate time for visa application processing, which takes several weeks.

For more information, contact Arter, at, or visit

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