Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Saint-Gobain - Latest Company News

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Saltillo manufacturing facility has achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO 9001:2000 certification verifies that a facility has established and implemented a quality management system.

This refers to 'what the facility does to fulfil the customer's quality requirements, and applicable regulatory requirements, while aiming to enhance customer satisfaction, and achieve continual improvement of its performance in pursuit of these objectives'. The plant, which is part of Performance Plastics' Polymer Products business, manufactures bearings, fabrics and high-performance polymer products.

Upon opening the facility 10 months ago, company and plant management decided almost immediately to pursue certification. It took five months from that point to when the recommendation for certification was received in October 2008. All 135 employees worked to complete the many steps required to meet the relevant ISO standards (the plant has since added about 40 more employees).

These steps included establishing a plan; training internal auditors from all departments; training operators and salaried personnel; developing and executing quality control procedures; conducting internal audits and implementing corrective actions; and finally, the external audit, which was carried out by TUV SUD America de Mexico SA de CV.

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