IATF 16949, the industry specific quality management standard used in the automotive industry, illustrates a preference for all manufacturers in the supply chain to have a QMS that is certified against the standard, requiring that suppliers throughout the supply chain who are not certified to IATF 16949 have a quality management system that at least meets the requirements of and/or is certified against ISO 9001 and that there is a plan to achieve certification against the automotive standard.
This might be a tough sell for small manufacturers who are struggling to understand the benefits of implementing a quality system that meets all of the IATF requirements, but there are valid reasons why manufacturers at all tiers through the supply chain should be making efforts to reach this goal.
“Automotive OEM data shows that 90% of manufacturing companies certified to IATF 16949 maintain customer satisfaction while only 73% of manufacturing companies certified to ISO 9001 maintain customer satisfaction.” – Value Add of Successful IATF 16949 Implementation
The IATF has developed a brochure to highlight “The Value Add of Successful IATF 16949 Implementation” which was published on the IATF Global Oversight web page on October 27th of this year. The document, among other things, outlines how IATF 16949:2016 covers 16 key areas of automotive-focused requirements that go over and above those contained in ISO 9001:2015, which comprises the core requirements of the automotive-specific quality management standard.
If you’re an automotive manufacturer who is trying to understand all of the requirements of IATF 16949 or how you might implement them, or if you’re currently certified to IATF 16949 and you’re looking for better tools to help you effectively manage the requirements of the automotive standard, let us show you how the IntellaQuest software suite can help you implement or improve your automotive quality management system and tackle these 16 key areas that will bring your QMS above and beyond an ISO 9001 system with ease. Your customers will be glad you did.