One of our clients in Germany have just been awarded a Certificate for ISO9001:2008 for their liquid roofing products. The Company near Hamburg have been operating a 9001 based system for a few years but decided that it was time to have this formally assessed and certified following a relocation from a small site near Cadenberge. We were pleased that they passed without a single non-conformity, the Assessor said that he was very impressed with the new factory and procedures.
ISO 9001 is an International Standard and the Germans see this as an endorsement of their manufacturing management processes. I was particularly impressed with the attention to detail and planning that went into their application and their ethos of getting it right first time, every time.
The visit took place during a rail strike and as such the roads were exceptionally busy; the autobahn leading to the Elbe tunnel was completely stationary, it reminded me of the M25!
The Hamburg port is a very busy one and there were miles of trucks going to and from the port. A sure sign that the economy in Germany is flourishing. The vast majority of incoming ships did seem to be from China, while those going out were to all over the world.
The weather for mid-November was exceptionally mild with one of the days seeing temperatures of 18 Celsius. I remember last year at this time seeing snow!
The client now has both product and management system certification and these give them easy access to a number of markets. We are pleased to have been associated with this company and hope to be of help to them for many years to come.
Consultancy, Quality Matters Limited.