Automotive Restart – The Road to Recovery

The automotive industry is ready to restart on the road to recovery. During this challenging recovery period, simpleQuE shares some thoughts and considerations concerning the restart of the automotive industry.  GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler may be ready to restart U.S. production on May 18. Toyota is targeting the week of May 11.  VW is weighing the readiness of their supplier base and hasn’t set a date. Hyundai has the most aggressive restart timeline of May 4.

This 5-part weekly series of articles begins this week with a look at the challenges the automotive industry and suppliers face with the restart activities, as well as a reminder of the IATF 16949 requirements (so as not to forget those requirements during these potentially chaotic activities).  There will most likely be, significant challenges and disruptions in the days to come.

These narratives will address some of the main concerns being considered within the automotive industry (as covered during much of March and April, 2020 within the pages of Automotive News, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, etc):  These themes include:

  1. Keeping stakeholders safe and following requirements established by regulatory entities
  2. Logistic and supply consideration (including material scarcity, lack of uniform timing for business opening, and global supply conditions)
  3. OEM and higher tiers 2020 productivity and volume recalculations
  4. Future health challenges (ie: re-emergence and spikes requiring further closures or adjustments)

Upcoming weekly articles will focus upon the following:

  1. The 4 M’s of your manufacturing processes (Material, Manpower, Methods and Measures) and how those may be impacted and IATF 16949 requirements to consider
  2. Customer satisfaction/customer communications for possible scarcity and allocations
  3. Change management requirements and implementation, including temporary process changes due to changes in headcount, supplier, materials, outsourced processor issues, etc.
  4. Contingency planning with an emphasis on impact of current situations and risk of short-term future health challenges
  5. Employee issues involving policies on safe distancing, sanitization, shift gathering and lunch breaks.

SimpleQuE strives to be an informational source that provides value to our customers by examining some of the challenges identified by the automotive industries and provide insight into the IATF 16949 requirements to help your organization maintain compliance during this unusual and complex time. 

This series of articles was written for simpleQuE by Robert (Bob) Dornhecker, a simpleQuE consultant who specializes in ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 quality system development, auditing and training. He also performs third party audits for Certification Bodies including Eagle Certification Group. With over 30 years of combined experience in auditing, manufacturing and certification, Bob has an extensive quality background.  Additionally, he has taught and facilitated many quality related training classes for clients and has provided support to companies securing their own ISO/Quality Management Systems certifications.

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