Gardner Denver has achieved certification to the automotive quality management certification for its automotive production facility in Redditch, UK.
The company has met the standards required in its manufacturing and assembly lines for IATF (International Automotive Task Force) 16949: 2016 accreditation. This standard establishes the requirements for a Quality Management System (QMS), focused on the specific requirements of the automotive sector.
The standard indicates that Gardner Denver works within a QMS that has been implemented based around risk and continuous improvement practices. This includes a focus on preventing defects during production, limiting variation between products, and reducing waste in the supply chain.
This certification is the culmination of a two-year long project for Gardner Denver as it looks to develop its transit business unit further. The business supplies electrically-driven, rotary vane air compressors from its renowned Hydrovane brand into the expanding electric truck and bus market.
For most leading OEMs in the global automotive sector, IATF 16949:2016 is a mandatory pe-requisite to become a supplier, as it establishes a precedent for the high quality and process management expected of it supply chain.
Jonathan Marsh, Market Sector Director at Gardner Denver, said: “This new certification allows us to demonstrate our capabilities as a leading supplier of compressor technology to major truck and bus OEMs. The standard is essential for companies supplying into the automotive industry, so we are delighted to achieve this."
“To meet the requirements needed for this standard, we developed a dedicated automotive production line. This uses the very latest production control, tooling, measurement and testing systems to ensure the highest levels of quality and consistency throughout our automotive assembly at all times. This helps minimise errors, maximise control, improve traceability, reduce cycle times and makes training operators more effective."
“We could not have achieved this new standard without the help, support and hard work of the Redditch team. Well done to everyone involved.”