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SimpleQuE Premieres New IATF 16949® Videos For Automotive Suppliers

June 8, 2023

Preview the new video series – IATF 16949® Audits – The Good, Bad & Ugly You are invited to the premiere of a new series of IATF 16949® videos created to help automotive suppliers that struggle with audit nonconformities.  Starring in the video series – IATF 16949® Audits – The Good, Bad & Ugly, is…

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Shift to Electric Vehicles Triggers Biggest Auto-Factory Building Boom in Decades

January 24, 2023

Electric Vehicles are stimulating the automotive industry The U.S. auto industry is entering one of its biggest factory-building booms in years, a surge of spending largely driven by the shift to electric vehicles (EVs) and new federal subsidies aimed at boosting U.S. battery manufacturing.  Through November 2022, about $33 billion in new auto-factory investment has…

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General Motors Revises IATF 16949® Customer Specific Requirements Effective 1/1/23

December 29, 2022

General Motors IATF 16949® Customer Specific Requirements (CSR) revision dated December 22, 2022 General Motors (GM) has recently revised their customer specific requirements.  The latest revision is effective January 1, 2023. General Motors Customer Specific Requirements for IATF 16949 – January 2023 The revisions include the following: 3.3.1 Throughout the document: replaced: Risk Priority Number (RPN)…

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IATF 16949® Top 10 Major and Minor Nonconformances in 2022

December 5, 2022

Top 10 Major and Minor IATF 16949® Audit Nonconformances in 2022 This simpleQuE infographic shows the top 10 IATF 16949® major and minor nonconformances as reported by all IATF® Certification Bodies from January – August 2022.  As in previous years, Problem Solving and Corrective Action, which are foundational elements of any quality management system (QMS), are at the…

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The Future of Automotive Quality – Highlights From the 2022 AIAG Quality Summit and IATF® Updates

November 9, 2022

The Future of Automotive Quality   In October, simpleQuE’s automotive consultant, Mark Dodson, attended the AIAG Quality Summit and shared the key takeaways from the conference, including the number of IATF 16949® certified sites worldwide (see the infographic above). The top countries are China, India, S. Korea, USA and Germany.  The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)…

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Customer Scorecards and the Supplier Performance Initiative (SPI) to Enhance Customer Satisfaction

September 8, 2022

What is Customer Satisfaction and how is it effectively monitored? One of the main reasons to adopt a quality management system (QMS) standard such as ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 is for an organization “to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system…” (from the scope of ISO 9001:2015).  The term “customer satisfaction”…

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A Spirit of Cooperation – How the South Became the New Automotive Corridor

October 27, 2021

SimpleQuE was an exhibitor at the 2021 Southern Automotive Conference (SAC) in Birmingham, Alabama October 13-15, 2021, where the theme was “Made in the South”.  That has become more evident over the last 3 decades as manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Mazda, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (a new joint venture), Honda, Kia, Nissan, Hyundai, Tesla, BMW, PACCAR,…

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IATF 16949® Auditing Videos on YouTube to Answer Your Questions

August 12, 2020

  YouTube Playlists: IATF 16949® Q&A Videos To answer your questions on automotive quality management system auditing, The International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB) and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have created a YouTube channel that covers important topics from the IATF 16949® standard and rules.  Categories are divided by topics and each…

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Automotive Restart - IATF 16949® and Employee Safety

Automotive Restart – IATF 16949® and Employee Safety

May 25, 2020

Part 5: Automotive Restart: IATF 164949® and Employee Safety The last of our Automotive Restart series looks at the biggest challenge – Employee Safety and how an organization plans for implementing a work environment that will minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Making the safety and health of your employees a priority will ensure…

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Automotive Restart - IATF 16949® and Contingency Planning

Automotive Restart – IATF 16949® and Contingency Planning

May 20, 2020

Part 4: Automotive Restart: IATF 16949® and Contingency Planning Contingency planning is the topic of Part 4 of the Automotive Restart series.  As evidenced when the COVID-19 pandemic brought everything to a screeching halt, it’s critical to plan for unforeseen problems or circumstances.  The IATF 16949® defined tool to prepare for those issues, emergencies, and…

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