Optimas’ Bredbury facility in the UK has retained its VDA 6.2 and ISO 9001:2015 certification for 2018, allowing the industrial distributor and service provider to continue delivering quality fasteners and C-class components directly to automotive manufacturing lines globally. Optimas is a key player in the automotive industry, supplying component solutions to some of the world’s most recognisable car brands and tier suppliers.
ISO9001:2015, a certification of quality management systems within a business, forms the backbone of VDA 6.2. The standard permeates through all aspects of the automotive product lifecycle, providing OEMs and tier 1 suppliers with the assurances that a supplier provides a consistently high-level of service.
Optimas is independently assessed annually for adherence and performance to requirements against the standard, with analysis carried out to identify correlations in service improvements. Only on successful completion of this annual assessment can certification continuity be granted.
Every process within a business is assessed against standard requirements and predefined key performance indicators (KPIs), which in Optimas’ case, extends from physical product quality, testing procedures, supply frameworks, support, to internal management product realisation processes. Only when all processes meet the defined level of requirement and consistency, can the standard be awarded certification status. As a full service provider for fasteners and C-class components, these industry certifications are of the utmost importance to Optimas with regards to meeting the demands of its established manufacturing customers.
This level of quality is not unfamiliar to Optimas, a business that has been forging fastener supply partnerships within the automotive industry for over 3 decades. Involved in everything from high performance cars to the latest electric vehicle platforms, Optimas has been reliably delivering optimised component solutions, engineering guidance and on the spot support to enable increased efficiency, value and supply reliability for key industry players.
By working to this philosophy, Optimas operates a global quality standard, of which the renewed Bredbury certification forms a part. The business holds VDA 6.2 certification for sites in the UK, Germany and China – while also holding IATF -16949 certification for its manufacturing operations in the UK and North America. This focus on quality means that Optimas customers can take advantage of the seamless implementation of production line parts enabled by these continual quality assurances.
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