Furthering its reputation for quality and reliability in the automotive industry, X-FAB revealed that its manufacturing sites have achieved qualification according to the new IATF-16949:2016 International Automotive Quality Management System (QMS) — the industry’s highest standard of system and process quality for automotive suppliers.
The company claims to have shipped more than 17 billion X-FAB automotive devices to date. With about 50% of the business related to the automotive market, it says it produces on an average 10 ICs in every newly manufactured vehicle worldwide.
The IATF-16949 standard follows the ISO TS 16949 with enhancements such as additional requirements for business procedures, cleanliness, ethics, training, supplier and customer communications, plus detailed record keeping.
According to Frank Lorenz, VP Quality at X-FAB, “Process orientation, interdisciplinary work and continuous improvement combined with intensive customer collaboration are the key elements in achieving our goal of zero incidents throughout the automotive supply chain.”
Five of X-FAB’s six manufacturing sites on three continents are now IATF-16949 certified: Erfurt, Dresden and Itzehoe in Germany; Kuching in Malaysia and Lubbock TX, USA.
X-FAB’s most recent manufacturing site in Corbeil Essonnes, France, will be qualified in the second quarter of 2018 and will in future significantly contribute to X-FAB’s automotive business.