TIANJIN, China, March 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Shengkai Innovations, Inc. (Nasdaq:VALV) (the "Company"), a leading ceramic valve manufacturer in the People's Republic of China (the "PRC"), today announced that the Company received a Manufacturing License of Special Equipment from the General Administration of Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantines (AQSIQ) of the PRC. Shengkai's new Tianjin facility was audited in 2010 by the HGMEPII (Hefei General Machinery & Electrical Products Inspection Institute) according to the AQSIQ license standards to manufacture pressure piping components. The HGMEPII auditors inspected and confirmed that Shengkai possesses the necessary requirements for manufacturing Grade A1 gate valves and check valves, and Grade A2 ball valves. Grade A1 and Grade A2 valve designations are reserved for products that meet stringent requirements of each product category. Based on these audited results, a manufacturing license was issued to Shengkai's new facility in Tianjin. Mr. Chen Wang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shengkai Innovations, commented, "The new manufacturing license favorably distinguishes us from our competitors as we are now one of the few domestically AQISQ certified manufacturers of Grade A1 & A2, large-sized ceramic valves. Our expanded license repertoire and increasingly recognized product superiority, strategically positions us to further explore market opportunities, especially in the electric power, petrochemical and chemical industries where extreme operating conditions call for the most stringent product qualities such as high temperature and high pressure resistance." About Shengkai Innovations, Inc. Shengkai Innovations is primarily engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic valves, high-tech ceramic materials and the provision of technical consultation and related services. The Company's industrial valve products are used by companies in the electric power, petrochemical and chemical, metallurgy and other industries as high-performance, more durable alternatives to traditional metal valves. The Company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Tianjin, the PRC.