Attainment of new standard demonstrates commitment to quality management and waste reduction
Banbury, UK, 14th June 2018… Prodrive Composites has become the first UK carbon composites business to attain full certification against the newly released IATF 16949:2016 automotive standard. IATF 16949 is the internationally recognised standard for quality in the automotive industry, developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), which is made up of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers.
Prodrive has also achieved ISO 9001:2015, a technical specification for automotive sector quality management systems, which has become one of the most widely used international standards in the automotive industry, harmonizing the different assessment and certification systems in the global automotive supply chain.
Warren Roberts, Prodrive Composites, chief executive, said: “Accreditation to these new standards will eventually become a pre-requisite for all suppliers to the automotive sector. Now, as the UK’s largest composite supplier outside the aerospace sector, it is a significant achievement to be the first to achieve IATF 16949 and I would urge all composites business to look to reach these standards.”
Prodrive supplies structural and visual composites to most of the UK’s leading premium vehicle manufacturers including, Bentley, JLR, McLaren, Aston Martin and Lotus.
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About Prodrive Composites
Prodrive Composites designs and manufactures advanced lightweight structural and non-structural composites for a wide range of applications across the automotive, motorsport, aerospace, marine, defence and other specialist sectors. It is the largest UK manufacturing operation using state of the art processing to deliver high quality parts made from autoclave cured pre-impregnated materials. This process is the highest performing, most reliable and best established within the composites industry today. Its clients include nearly every leading UK vehicle manufacturer: Aston Martin, Lotus, Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren and Rolls Royce.
Prodrive is one of the world’s largest and most successful motorsport and technology businesses. Over 500 staff are employed across its Banbury headquarters and composites manufacturing facility in Milton Keynes. While the company is perhaps best known for motorsport, today it is just one part of an organisation that in the last decade has diversified to become a technology business working in a range of sectors and providing a range of services. Within the Prodrive Group, there are four distinct but interconnected business areas: Motorsport, operating race and rally programmes for vehicle manufacturers and global brands; Advanced Technology, providing innovative technology for the automotive, aerospace, defence and marine sectors; Composites, developing lightweight composite components for the automotive, aerospace and marine sectors; and Bespoke Collections, a clothing and accessories manufacturer for leading brands.
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