Barnstaple, UK, 6. June 2019- Parker’s Instrumentation Products Division Europe (IPDE) has secured International Automotive Task Force (IATF) 16949 certification for its tube fittings, pressure regulators and valve products.
The certification – one of the most stringent indicators of manufacturing quality in the bus and truck transportation supply chain – was awarded following a five-stage independent audit conducted by certification body Bureau Veritas. This highlights Parker’s robust approach to quality management systems and processes and reinforces its position as the global leader in motion and control technologies.
IATF 16949 standard requires all support functions to be included within the quality management scope. To achieve compliance, IPDE personnel in Barnstaple, UK worked with colleagues in three remote locations: Parker’s sales companies in Sweden and Spain, and its European distribution facility in Germany.
The in-depth audit took six person days and covered all supply chain functions and processes. This included customer care, human resources, IT, quotations, engineering, planning, production, purchasing, quality, dispatch, shipping and assembly. All four locations were audited, including mapping process flows and interactions between services. And all four locations passed the rigorous requirements required to meet the standard.
Alessio Maso, Parker’s global account manager, said: “IPDE has built a strong reputation for its high-quality products and strong performance in this growing market. IATF certification proves that the division meets robust manufacturing requirements and is committed to continually streamlining and improving its business processes.”
Graham Johnson, Parker’s small-bore product marketing manager, said: "Obtaining this certification proves our capability to supply bus and truck OEMs with high-quality products that are fit for purpose. With the automotive industry under increased pressure to reduce environmental emissions, many truck and bus manufacturers are moving towards alternative fuel delivery systems, such as compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen and having access to an IATF-certified supplier provides extra reassurance. We look forward to helping our customers increase their volume production.”
Parker IPDE quality manager, Siva Thanikaikumaran added: “Our Barnstaple plant was already ISO 9001 compliant. The latest audit confirmed IPDE’s compliance with bus and truck OEM customer specific requirements, as well as ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 standards. By achieving certification, we’ve demonstrated that our European supply chain process fully meets the latest standards specified by automotive manufacturers.
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