The importance of ISO9001 certification
As a business owner, it is vital that you have a quality management system (QMS) in place. Your customers will return if they know they can trust you, as well as the products and services you offer. Due to the fact that many companies have international relationships, it is also imperative that these quality standards are the same everywhere so that businesses are measured the same way.
The ISO9001 is one of those international standards that ensures certain requirements for a QMS, and over a million companies across the globe are already certified. The ISO9001 offers a wealth of benefits to a company and can be obtained by organisations of any size or in any sector, including the manufacturing one.
In the UK, the relevance of standards is impossible to overlook. A comprehensive study conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, which includes data from 1921 and 2013, reveals that standards like the ISO9001 are vital to the UK’s economic growth.
The figures don’t lie, with £8.2 billion they already contributed to the economy and the 37.4 percent rise in productivity that can be attributed to them. An additional £6.1 billion in UK exports can be credited to standards as well.
If you are interested in improving your management and operations, the ISO9001 will help you achieve your goals. The intention behind this standard is to improve your business by implementing efficient procedures designed to streamline operations and help staff achieve higher productivity.
This can be done by improving consistency, for instance. If you are consistent in what you offer, customers will learn to trust that you can deliver quality at all times. The same outputs, the same tolerances, the same dimensions. All of these and more need to remain consistent which each product or service delivery.
No company runs smoothly 100 percent of the time, especially not with the number of variables needed to have a successful business. However, standards like the ISO9001 can help you achieve your targets on a regular basis and with better precision, increase quality and streamline processes.
This also means that implementing this certification in its totality can also help you reduce waste. Not only are these factors important for the growth of your company, but they can also help you attract new clients who prefer to deal with an eco-conscious business.
By improving operations and consistency, as well as reducing waste, you can become more efficient and see a reduction in costs. Saving money that can be invested back into the business is a well-known way to help it grow.
What customers want
The ISO9001 is recognised around the world and indicates that your QMS is continually evaluated and approved. This is why many companies prefer to do business with ISO9001-certified organisations, and you might share the same beliefs. After all, other businesses also benefit from the same improvements that this standard offers your own.
Your customers will be aware of the fact that the ISO9001 means lessening mistakes, improving communication, better quality and higher standards in general. A company that becomes certified, then, might see an increase in customer satisfaction and, of course, business.
According to the BSI Group, becoming ISO9001-certified can potentially increase your competitive edge by 54 percent. Companies with this certification have also reported a 57 percent rise in new customers, a staggering figure that clearly showcases the importance of the ISO9001 for organisations.
Obtaining the ISO9001 certification and implementing it in your business can lower operational costs, improve your bottom line, offer a competitive advantage, improve your reputation, deliver better products and services, and much more.
Investing in the ISO9001 certification can increase the performance of your company and take it to new heights, whether you’re in the automotive, industrial, aerospace, medical, or manufacturing industry.
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Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.