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The TS 16949 is the International Quality Management Standard by and for the Automotive Industry.

Along with the ISO 9001, it defines the quality Management System requirements for the design, development, production and (where relevant) the installation and service of automotive-related products.

The standard came about out of a resolute effort to increase the quality and to assure the integrity of supplies to the industry. It was also designed to reduce the requirement for multiple manufacturer audits.

And it’s worked; since its introduction, there have been important improvements in the quality and delivery of parts, and the overall efficiency of the entire supply chain.

Who subscribes?

Many of the Industry’s most important quality brands, including BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, PSA, Renault and Volkswagen.

Who does it apply to?

The TS16949 is far-reaching in its application, being relevant to any organization within the automotive supply chain where customer-specified parts of production and/ or service are made.

What are the benefits of certification?

Reputation: Since the TS 16949 is the globally-recognised industry benchmark, being certified demonstrates your credentials and enhances customer confidence.

More Business: Certification is increasingly becoming a condition of supply.

Lower Costs Of Compliance With Customer Specification: The certification involves the implication of a single, efficient management system, which leads to reduced audit requirements.

Lower Operating Costs: Continually reviewing and improving processes results in increased operational efficiencies.

Enhanced Stakeholder Relationships with staff, customers and suppliers.

Legal Compliance: Through improved understanding of how statutory and regulatory requirements impact the organisation and its customers.

Customer satisfaction: Through delivery of products that consistently meet customer requirements.

Source: http://www.standardshop.com/iso-16949.htm

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