With immediate effect the KHS Group’s production sites are now certified according to the new, revised ISO 9001:2015 standard. The current 2015 standard replaces the ISO 9001:2008 norm previously in widespread use. The KHS factory in Ahmedabad in India has been awarded the certificate for the first time.
ISO 9001 stipulates the requirements made of a company-related system of quality management, the fulfilment of which acts as proof of conformity with defined standards. The practical application of these standards is verified by audits performed by an independent certification body. In the new, revised edition of the quality management standard from 2015 there is now an even stronger focus on continuous improvement and process and customer orientation.
Standards which are usually easier for Europeans to adhere to can present something of a challenge on a global scale. In addition to its German production sites in Dortmund, Bad Kreuznach, Kleve, Hamburg and Worms the KHS Group also manufactures its plant engineering in Ahmedabad (India), Waukesha and Sarasota (both in the USA), São Paulo (Brazil) and Zinacantepec (Mexico). “The project proved to be quite demanding at some sites. Other non-German plants have already been certified for years,” states Hans-Joachim Peinemann, head of Quality Management at KHS. He describes certification as a process which takes several years. ISO 9001 confirms that high standards are applied internationally.
Photo: Team KHS Ahmadabad, India