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Teijin Composites Innovation Center (TCIC) has obtained ISO/TS 16949 accreditation, of particular requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2008 for automotive production and relevant service part organisations.
Teijin explains that TCIC is an R&D and mass-production plant of Sereebo, its proprietary technology for mass producing carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP). It obtained ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for its evaluation capabilities in April 2015 which it claims made it the world’s first manufacturer of carbon fibre composite materials to achieve this. These accreditations verify the high global standard of TCIC’s quality management and of its production and evaluation operations.
Through the combining of its carbon fibre, resin and CAE technologies, Teijin says that it is becoming a leading developer of composite products that offer promising opportunities for the application and popularisation of Sereebo in various fields, including the automotive industry.
ISO/TS 16949 was designed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), a body comprising nine European and American automakers and five automotive industrial organisations from the US, Germany, France, Italy and the UK.
It defines quality management system requirements for organisations providing services for automotive products. The nine IATF-affiliated automakers require all Tier 1 automotive suppliers to obtain ISO/TS 16949 certification, and Tier 2 suppliers to construct systems based on this standard, as one of their terms of business.
Teijin adds that quality management systems are subject to comprehensive review by third-party auditing authorities, contributing to a reduction in the incidence of defective goods. In addition, ISO/TS 16949 incorporates customer specifics added by individual automakers, and enables product-service suppliers to maintain international quality standards. Customers tend to give preference to products manufactured by ISO/TS 16949-certified suppliers.
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