Following an external audit by auditing body Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance, Surface Transforms has been certified to the IATF 16949 automotive quality management system standard. This achievement has been made possible by a huge amount of work from across the company and at all levels in establishing an entirely new quality management system; it reflects Surface Transforms' dedication to customer satisfaction and continual improvement. IATF 16949 Certification is a pre-requisite for supply to all OEMs and we are delighted to be certified.
What is IATF 16949?
IATF 16949 is a management system standard - it describes how the company should be run including specific process, results and auditing requirements; it lists these as requirements and recommendations in a published document (standard). IATF 16949 can be assessed and certified by third party auditors (as is the case for Surface Transforms).
IATF 16949 is published by the International Automotive Task Force; a group of automotive manufacturers and their respective trade associations. IATF members include the following vehicle manufacturers: BMW Group, FCA US LLC, Daimler AG, FCA Italy Spa, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, PSA Group, Renault, Volkswagen AG and the vehicle manufacturers' respective trade associations – AIAG (U.S.), ANFIA (Italy), FIEV (France), SMMT (U.K.) and VDA QMC (Germany). It is used worldwide for quality management system assessment.
How is IATF 16949 related to ISO/TS 16949?
IATF 16949 is the replacement to ISO/TS 16949; IATF 16949 significantly changed and increased requirements on the organisation.
Correction: The previous version of this article was unclear about our certification status - the recommendation for certification and the confirmation of the certification have been split into two news articles for clarity. Surface Transforms is certified to IATF 16949:2015 as of 11th July 2018.