On 8 September 2017, the Luxembourg AutoMobility Cluster and the Luxembourg Materials and Manufacturing Cluster organised a one-day training session for key functional group managers on the topic of IATF 16949:16, one of the automotive industry’s most widely used international standards for quality management.

The primary focus on the IATF 16949 standard is the development of quality management systems (QMS) that support continuous improvement through defect prevention as well as the reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. The standard, combined with applicable customer-specific requirements (CSRs), defines the QMS requirements for automotive production. IATF 16949 must be adopted by 14 September 2018.

Due to its critical importance, the two clusters took the initiative to inform their members about the ongoing evolution of this global industrial standard. A group of around 15 people from local industries including SDAAC, Michelman, Circuit Foil, Katcon, Raval, Textilcord, Accumalux and CEBI got an overview of the forthcoming changes that will have a direct impact on key functional group managers.

During the one-day class, Roland Herzog, quality expert and lead auditor IATF 16949:2016, ISO 9001:2015, provided the audience with an outstanding presentation covering:

  • Automotive QMS standards relating to leadership and commitment
  • New structure of standards (HLS)
  • P-D-C-A cycle
  • Understanding the needs of interested parties (stakeholders)
  • Used “verbal forms” within the standards
  • Context of the organisation
  • Process approach
  • Risks and chances
  • Requirements for “documented information”
  • Requirements for leadership and commitment
  • Audit requirements for TOP management
  • New management review
  • General information of implementing new requirements
  • New rules of certification

After the session, participants were able to diagnose all changes impacting their quality organisation and decide on appropriate counter measures to satisfy the upcoming certification.

The Luxembourg AutoMobility Cluster would like to thank all participants as well as Roland Herzog for their active contribution to the success of this event.

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