27 Jun 2019

British Steel gains IATF 16949 certification

British Steel’s Scunthorpe Rod Mill (SRM) has recently been awarded the IATF 16949 certification – the internationally-adopted quality management system standard for the automotive industry.

IATF 16949 certification is internationally recognised and provides a common approach in the supply chain for supplier or subcontractor development, driving consistency, competence and control.

The standard promotes the reduction of waste and supports continuous improvement. The system also places emphasis on defect prevention, the reduction of inefficiencies and proving control of the processes.

Adam Lynaugh, Quality Manager SRM, said: “The standard was developed by The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) members consisting of automotive bodies and manufacturers to provide improved quality products to automotive customers globally. It’s also applicable to any organisation that manufactures components, assemblies and parts for the automotive industry.

“Independent verification against a global industry standard demonstrates that the company is delivering products that consistently meet customer requirements, and providing a dependable service that can be relied on.”

Employees from right across the business were involved in the two-stage audit assessment process, demonstrating their continued commitment to existing procedures and their flexibility to adapt to new systems.

Wire Rod Managing Director Richard Sims said: “As a business, it’s essential that we can demonstrate our commitment to quality and delivery on time – I’m very proud of the significant effort put in by the whole team in achieving this certification.”