Suppliers to car manufacturers, have always been subject to very strict requirements with regard to internal quality assurance. The standard that all suppliers of European and North American car manufacturers must meet has recently been modified, updated and tightened. To be fully informed about the information relevant to us, we recently conducted an internal course for our colleagues in the product department with the support of the Danish Technological Institute.
Quality assurance and the supply of quality products only, is just as important for Triscan as it is for car manufacturers. "We invest a lot of time, effort and money in our quality assurance, so it's important that we keep up to date with the latest requirements of car manufacturers to their suppliers. The majority of our producers already supply car manufacturers, nevertheless, this course has been very informative, we now know even better what to look for and ask when visiting our producers, "says Asger Thybo Geertsen, Product Manager at Triscan.
"With the new standard, we have been given the opportunity to incorporate special and more stringent quality assurance requirements into our supplier's quality assurance system. Moreover, the company's internal audit requirements were increased. This which means that in quality assurance, manufacturing process and product, namely persons responsible for understanding and explaining the specific requirements we have for the manufacture of Triscan parts to our suppliers - and that these are complied with" concludes Asger Thybo Geertsen.
The now replaced standard ISO / TS 16949, which was introduced in 1999, was created to establish a general standard for the design, development, production, assembly and maintenance of motor vehicle products. The standard, which is mainly used by European and North American car manufacturers, is a superstructure of the widely used ISO 9001 standard.
It was developed in a collaborative effort between the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), a group of mainly European and North American automakers, including the BMW Group, Daimler AG, the Ford Motor Company, the General Motors Company, the PSA Group, Renault, Volkswagen AG as well as the Technical Committee of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
The new standard IATF TS 16949: 2016 has been developed and maintained by IATF but still requires ISO 9001: 2015 certification as before. The new standard is partially adapted to the current technological state but was also sharpened in several areas. By the end of 2018, another 103 requests will be added to the standard.