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 that you have the skilled workforce needed to help…

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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 disasters is the use of a contingency plan.  The…

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On the road to recovery changes will occur, and Part 3 of the five-part series considers the ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 requirements and managing changes. As mentioned in Part 2 of this series – Customer Satisfaction, disruptions due to the pandemic and affecting restart could include: Supply chain disruptions and limited allocations from the…

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Part 2 of simpleQuE’s five-part series focuses on customer satisfaction and the IATF 16949 requirements during the automotive restart process. One can envision the disruptions that may be present during this automotive restart activity.  In Part 1 Remaining Compliant to IATF 16949, we included some of those disruptions of the 4 M’s (Materials, Methods, Manpower…

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Part 1 of our series focuses on automotive restart and the importance of remaining compliant to IATF 16949.  We begin with the 4 M’s of your processes and consider the IATF 16949 requirements during this restart process. Materials:  The conventional wisdom indicates that supply chain disruptions will be evident during this restart activity (a few…

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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…

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UPDATE April 27, 2020: Revision 2 of IATF Global Waivers and Measures includes a new section “IATF 16949 Monitoring”, which introduces a process to enable Certification Bodies to remotely monitor the status of a client’s certified Quality Management System. UPDATE April 9, 2020:  IATF Global Waivers and Measures has been revised.  The revision grants an…

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IATF 16949 Global Certifications

This simpleQuE infographic shows the distribution of IATF 16949 certifications worldwide by region.  According to the International Automotive Oversight Bureau (IAOB), as of October 2019, there were 75,970 certified sites, with China holding almost 50% of the global certifications.  China’s high percentage of certifications is due to the country’s mandate for IATF 16949 certification all…

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