Volkswagen SA leads ISO certification

Following the emissions scandal, Volkswagen had to move fast to counter consumer perceptions. The Volkswagen Group South Africa announced last week, it is instrumental to help ensure Volkswagen’s legendary quality by becoming the first of 119 Volkswagen production plants worldwide, to achieve ISO 9001: 2015 certification.
The ISO 9001 certification guarantees the reliability of management and production process to ensure the quality of the final product.
“Volkswagen Group South Africa’s manufacturing plant in Uitenhage is the first of the 119 production plants in the Volkswagen Group production network to receive the ISO9001:2015 standard certification from TÜV NORD Hanover” the German automaker said in a statement released late last week.
It took the VWSA‘s Quality Assurance department just six weeks to meet the requirements of the new ISO9001:2015 standard. The annual Management System audit undertaken by TÜV NORD Hanover from 2 – 10 November, shows that VWSA is compliant with the new ISO9001:2015, VDA6.1 and Conformity of Production standards.
This achievement guarantees that the Uitenhage plant has the management systems in place as a pre-requisite for export to international customers; it also ensures the continuation of VWSA’s export programme and provides assurance to customers, suppliers and employees that VWSA is compliant with international standards.
“ISO9001:2015 Quality Management Systems is the world’s leading quality management standard and we are proud as VWSA to be the first manufacturing plant in the Volkswagen production network to achieve this certification,” said Thomas Schaefer, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa. This year, VWSA expects to export 66,000 Volkswagen Polos.