Tokyo, Japan, May 16 2016 --- Teijin Limited announced today that its 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 organizations.
TCIC is an R&D and mass-production plant of Sereebo, Teijin’s proprietary technology for mass producing carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP). It obtained ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for its evaluation capabilities in April 2015 as the world’s first manufacturer of carbon fiber 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 fiber, resin and CAE technologies, Teijin is becoming a leading developer of composite products that offer promising opportunities for the application and popularization 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 organizations from the U.S., Germany, France, Italy and the U.K.
It defines quality management system requirements for organizations 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.
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.
About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY790.7 billion (USD 7.4 billion) and total assets of JPY 823.4 billion (USD 7.7 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.
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