The Automotive market is going through a major transition in the certification of Quality Management Systems from ISO/TS 16949 standards to IATF 16949. This implies that upon expiry of the ISO/TS 16949 certificates (in force so far) all companies involved in supplying components and materials to the Automotive industry should “migrate” to IATF 16949, in order to be compliant with the Quality Management System certification specific for the Automotive market.
Prysmian is a Tier 2 supplier to the Automotive market and therefore it is strongly involved in this transition process for all factories within the Group dedicated to the manufacturing of Automotive Cables, in order to face this new challenge.
Following a 3-day audit, Prysmian has achieved the successful certification of the facility dedicated to the manufacturing of Automotive cables in the Suzhou plant (China) proving that it is fully qualified to supply the Automotive industry.
The process to obtain the IATF 16949 certification required the Prysmian team involved to highlight: fully integrated processes, evidence-based decision making, culture of continuous improvement, people engaged, customer satisfaction improvement.
“The key benefits highlighted by the ability to implement the transition to IATF 16949 are multiple. IATF 16949 certification is compulsory for most Automotive stakeholders. The successful implementation of the transition shows Prysmian’s maturity in facing Automotive industry stakes and demands and contributes to strengthen Prysmian’s reputation”, stated Gianluca Mazzantini, Prysmian Automotive BU VP.
“The Automotive industry requires and expects flexibility and adaptability. Success in fulfilling new standard requirements will bring evidence that Prysmian is robust and flexible in handling change management. The successful implementation of the transition shows also Prysmian’s capacity to be prepared and even anticipate unexpected situations, streamline related processes and keep associated costs significantly reduced”, added Rui Alves, Prysmian Automotive BU Quality Director.