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ISO TS 16949 Certification

Interfoam are pleased to announce we are now fully compliant and certified to the ISO TS16949 Quality Standard.

Interfoam Ltd recognised the importance of Business Management Systems to maintain and improve the effectiveness of our operation.

Interfoam Limited are currently registered to ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management and ISO 14001: 2004 Environmental Management and has maintained these systems for many years.

Compliance with these standards has proven to be the foundation on which we can build management systems that promote a high level of control over product quality and process improvement.

 

Interfoam currently supplies the Automotive industry with seating, NVH control (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) and insulation components. The decision was made by the board of Directors to invest and advance our Quality Management System to ISO TS 16949; to develop our Automotive client base and to be recognised as a reputable supplier throughout the supply chain, under this prestigious industry benchmark.

We anticipated that the TS 16949 accreditation should complement the existing Management Systems, and allow enhanced focus on performance and potential growth areas. This would also allow us to involve and upskill our workforce, and develop a culture that engages the entire business towards continual improvement.

The journey of implementation in early 2011 was initially triggered by Paul Harman of ASA Business Consulting (Automotive Specialist Associates Ltd), whereby a complete review of existing procedures and processes was undertaken. These were then considered with the enhanced requirements of the TS standard, in preparation for the groundwork towards the ‘readiness review’ by NQA.

It has been a steep learning curve for the business, but with perseverance and dedication from the Senior Management team and commitment from the workforce, we began to introduce a training programme into each operational area.

The external audit process began in April with a successful ‘Stage 1’ evaluation by NQA, followed by a rigorous four day ‘Stage 2’ audit of the entire management system. This was particularly thorough and probing, yet the auditor made us feel at ease and explained the rationale behind each decision and the value added business benefits.

In September 2013 we were presented with the certificate by NQA at Interfoam; where we invited several industry visitors from the SMMT and MAS, who provided support throughout the implementation process.

The day commenced with a tour of the facility followed by the formal presentation ceremony attended also by the Senior Management team, and then a hearty buffet lunch which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

We are still basking in a celebratory atmosphere as a result of the recent success, and looking forward to the future as Interfoam Ltd evolves the business into new territory.

This is the first step of a new and exciting phase in Interfoam’s journey, and now the hard work really begins.

 

David Blatchford – Technical Director receiving the ISO TS 16949 certificate from Mo Ghaus and Teresa Luff (NQA):

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