15 Mar 2024

British Steel’s wire rod team retains International Automative Test Force 16949 certificate

British Steel’s Scunthorpe Rod Mill (SRM) has secured its best-ever result in retaining a vital endorsement for the management of products it supplies into the automotive market.

SRM makes a vast array of semi-finished products for customers who manufacture them into components such as suspension springs, valve springs, tyre cord, tyre bead, and fasteners

Following a recent audit by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), British Steel has been awarded the International Automative Test Force 16949 certificate – a standard demanded by the vast majority of customers operating in the automotive industry.

Plant Manager Paul Collins said: “We are absolutely delighted to report that following 4 days of intense auditing, LRQA has approved our continued certification for a further 12 months.

“We have a fantastic team at SRM and the entire Rods business. I cannot credit them enough. This was a really terrific effort by the whole Rods team, and those who provide the associated support functions, in achieving this certification.

“Everyone has the same vision, focus and passion and the contribution from colleagues has been excellent. Since 2019, when we were first accredited with IATF 16949, we have improved year on year and that is testament to the hard work and skills of this team. Everybody at the mill has played their part in influencing the high standards that have been set.”

Commercial Director – Wire Rod, Phil Knowles, said: “This is a very testing and competitive market with very exacting requirements. The fact that we have  retained this certification with flying colours is a massive boost to the business and a testament to the work of our colleagues throughout the whole Rods business ”