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IATF 16949® QMS Major and Minor Nonconformances and Common Root Causes

December 14, 2023

IATF 16949® QMS Major and Minor Nonconformances A review of the latest global nonconformance data from the International Automotive Task Force (IATF®) shows the areas where the top IATF 16949® audit findings occur.  As the simpleQuE infographic shows, the top three Major Nonconformances, are: 10.2.3   Problem solving  (9.93%) (video) 10.2.1    Nonconformity and corrective action …

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Highlights From the 2023 AIAG Quality Summit Including IATF 16949® Updates

November 30, 2023

IATF 16949® Updates from the 2023 AIAG Quality Summit Every year, the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) holds their Quality Summit which includes IATF 16949® and other important updates. SimpleQuE’s automotive consultant, Mark Dodson, attended and shares key takeaways that will impact automotive suppliers.  A question on everyone’s minds is – When will the IATF…

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simpleQuE infographic showing the latest number of IATF 16949® certified sites in regions across the world

SimpleQuE Infographic With IATF 16949® Certified Sites Worldwide As Of August 2023

November 14, 2023

IATF 16949® Certified Sites Worldwide  Our creative design team has turned the latest numbers of IATF 16949® certified sites in regions across the world into a colorful simpleQuE infographic. The Asian countries take the lead with 70,828 sites followed by Europe with 11,144 IATF 16949® sites.  The Americas total 7,694 with the United States taking…

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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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Distribution of the IATF 16949 certified sites worldwide

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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