Akzo Nobel’s Car Refinishes site in Monterrey, Mexico, has followed up the recent award of ISO14001 certification by achieving ISO/TS16949 Quality Management System certification.
The Monterrey plant is not only understood to be the first facility within Akzo Nobel to achieve this prestigious registration, but the latest award is also the fifth Quality Management System (QMS) certification achieved by the site within the last 12 months. It is also one of the first companies in North America to achieve this certification.
Manuel Arias, Quality Systems Manager in Monterrey, credits the success in obtaining certification to the entire Monterrey team who were highly committed to upgrading the ISO9002 and QS9000 standards to meet the much stricter TS16949 standards.
“The Car Refinishes Quality Management System integrates all quality, environmental and safety activities as part of our daily routines to achieve our goals and continue to exceed customer expectations,” he said.
Conrad Keijzer, Plastics Manager North America, added: “I am very proud of the Monterrey team and their commitment to quality and operational excellence. Our customers share in our pride and like to be associated with a company which is first in the industry to achieve this level of certification.”
The ISO/TS16949 is the latest QMS developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), which is comprised of an international group of vehicle manufacturers and national trade associations.
Its standards include all requirements of QS9000 and VDA, including planning, product development, contracting with customers and suppliers, process control, servicing and continuous improvement, plus additional elements that address employee motivation and empowerment.
This new global quality management standard will become a mandatory requirement to supply the automotive and related industries by December 15, 2005, when QS9000 becomes obsolete.
(Released: October 27, 2003)