Chinese government-owned firm wins $6.8M contract to supply security equipment to Canada’s embassies

The government of Canada has awarded an estimated $6.8 million contract to a state-owned Chinese company to supply security equipment for 170 embassies, consulates and high commissions around the globe.

The contract for conveyor-style X-ray machines was awarded to Beijing-based Nuctech Company, a company owned by the Chinese government and founded by the son of former General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Hu Jintao.

Nuctech is known as the “Huawei of airport security,” supplying X-ray machines, scanners and explosive detection systems to airports and customs offices in 160 countries. The company sees a bright future for its airport body scanners, which feature a thermal imaging camera that can detect elevated body temperatures.

Global Affairs Canada has been upgrading embassy security and, through the department of Public Services and Procurement Canada, issued tenders for walk-through metal detectors, X-ray machines, and bullet resistant windows and doors.

Security companies were invited last December to submit bids, separately or jointly, for the metal detectors and X-ray machines. The tender document said the contract would be awarded to the lowest-bidder.

California-based Rapiscan Systems won the contract for the metal detectors but was undercut by Nuctech for the X-ray contract.

The winning bids were posted on the government’s Buy and Sell website on Thursday.