Stoke-on-Trent, UK Celestica's UK manufacturing facility at Kidsgrove, is one of the first electronics manufacturing services (EMS) companies globally to achieve certification to the harmonised automotive quality standard ISO/TS16949: 2002.
TS16949: 2002 was developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) and is designed to harmonise all existing national and regional standards including QS9000 (USA), VDA-QMC (Germany), ANFIA (Italy), CCFA/FIEV (France) and standards in Japan, Korea and Malaysia.
The rigorous standard is based on the 2000 version of ISO9001 but is more complex with 167 elements as opposed to 62 for the 9001 standard. It is expected to become mandatory for companies wanting to do business in the automotive sector.
The key attributes of the standard are process failure mode effects analysis (PFMEA), advanced quality planning (AQP), control plans, measurement systems analysis (MSA), and production part approval process (PPAP).
Liam Keary, quality manager at Kidsgrove, said, ” As well as supporting our focus in these [automotive and telematics] markets, it is also assisting our efforts in other highly regulated sectors such as medical, defence and aerospace where the new standard is widely acknowledged.”
From left to right: Rob Paton, general manager, and Liam Keary, quality manager, Celestica – Kidsgrove; with John Kirkman, western region manager, British Standards Institute (BSI)