Hot Off the Press
Tier One Suppliers Flocking to Alabama
to be Close to Hyundai
Thursday, January 15, 2004
The AP reported earlier this week that Hyundai Motor Co. officials expect at least eight primary suppliers to soon set up shop in Alabama, joining the 15 that have previously announced their intentions to do so. The moves create links in the supply chain for the new Hyundai plant under construction in Birmingham, AL, scheduled to open early in 2005. The report estimates that the 23 suppliers will employ more than 4000 people.
Buhrke Receives ISO/TS Certification
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Tier One metal stamper Buhrke Industries, Palestine, IL, has received its ISO/TS 16949:2002 certification. The company supplies high-volume parts to automotive and other OEMs, working with materials from foil gauges to ¼-in. thick on 30- to 400-ton presses. It operates a turnkey in-house tool and die department and an automated assembly facility.
Together with ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949 specifies the quality-system requirements for the design/development, production, installation and servicing of automotive-related products. In addition, there are customer-specific requirements that are required by individual subscribing vehicle manufacturers.
ISO/TS 16949 does not replace the existing quality system requirements. However, along with customer specific requirements, ISO/TS 16949 has been accepted as an equivalent to QS-9000. It does not replace QS-9000; it is an optional document.
Firms that had been registered to ISO/TS 16949:1999 were given until the end of 2003 to upgrade their registration to ISO/TS 16949:2002.
Concoa Updates Gas-Equipment Website
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Concoa, Virginia Beach, VA, a manufacturer of gas-pressure and flow-control equipment and distribution systems, has redesigned its website, www.concoa.com
The new site allows visitors to move quickly through an in-depth presentation of the company’s product lines. A continually updated reference section allows for downloading of PDF files of product technical sheets, catalogs and instruction manuals. Embedded software allows distributors to develop and price complete systems and select and size equipment online.