(Yicai Global) June 12 -- Aux Group, which sold CNY3.7 billion (USD542 million) worth of air conditioners last year, asked regulators in China to check its products in order to ease consumers' concerns after rival Gree Electric Appliances denigrated its energy efficiency claims.
The State Administration for Market Regulation will appoint authorized testing bodies and the results will be disclosed to the public in a timely manner, Ningbo-based Aux said online.
The punch-up between the two started on June 10 when Zhuhai-based Gree, a giant in the home air-conditioning sector, released a statement asserting that the energy efficiency of some of Aux's models is significantly lower than advertised. Aux responded by saying that Gree's resort to commercial disparagement is clearly an act of unfair competition. The company added that it had referred the matter to the police.
Nineteen of its randomly chosen air conditioners each passed local and state-level annual checks between 2016 and this year, Aux said in its latest statement, adding that it has also received quality certificates from the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment.
Aux sold CNY3.7 billion worth of aircon equipment in 2018, surpassing Gree for revenue and growth, according to industry information site Chyxx.
Market regulators in Zhejiang province and Ningbo city formed a joint team yesterday to investigate Gree's claims, according to state-backed news outlet The Paper, which cited an official at the Ningbo regulator.
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