Johannesburg, 11 August 2010 – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA) assembly plant in Silverton, Pretoria was recently rewarded for its environmental and quality management standards. Following a stringent audit overseen by DQS an internationally accredited certification body, Ford received both the ISO 14001 and the ISO/TS 16949 re-certification for the next 3 years.
The ISO/TS 16949 certificate is issued to manufacturers and suppliers in the automotive industry who conform to international quality management standards, and the ISO 14001 certification is awarded to all companies who meet international environmental management standards.
“This is a great achievement for FMCSA. It provides us with the platform to benchmark ourselves against other global manufacturers, and allows us to pursue our goals of becoming a global export organisation,” says FMCSA vice president for Operations Peter Lawson.
The Silverton assembly plant Quality & Environmental Management representative Chris Shiells explains: “Regular internal audits were held throughout this certification process to ensure all criteria were met. Overall, we completed two internal audits and a comprehensive external audit by seven auditors.”
“The ISO re-certification allows the Silverton facility to compete with the other plants in South Africa and globally, and shows that we can compete with the best in the world,” said Jeff Nemeth, FMCSA president and CEO.