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Supplier Quality Development Services

Supplier quality development services from SGS – increase quality, performance, innovation and sustainability in the automotive supply chain.

The automotive industry’s supply chain is complex and ever-growing. Increasingly integrated and sophisticated, it needs to develop processes and risk analysis systems that mean suppliers have more visibility and responsibility in the event of product failure.

Our supplier quality development services can help the industry to increase performance in quality, service, innovation, adherence to schedule, cost, sustainability and social responsibility. At the same time, we can help to reduce risks including quality failures, downtimes, major disruptions and missed deliveries.

First tier suppliers are being given more responsibility to develop their sub-suppliers, who often are not ISO/TS 16949 certified. It is a challenge for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and suppliers to effectively deploy Supplier Quality Engineer resources to focus on the strategic issues of supplier management. We can help. Our automotive experts ensure that all key steps of the product industrialisation process are supported with knowledge, expertise, and independent assessment of the situation for a longer period.

Our supplier quality services cover, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Crisis response and problem management
  • Prevention and risk analysis
  • Sub supplier development 
  • Organisational development

Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)

One key focus is support to pass the Part Submission/Sampling/PPAP, the key requirement for suppliers at all levels, before they can start serial production and delivery. Failing PPAP can cause dramatic financial and image consequences for suppliers. Therefore, our specialists can support you in the following processes:

Crisis response & problem management:

  • Containment level 1 & 2
  • Interim process control & management:
    • Troubleshooting
    • Material supply
    • Production quality and output
  • On-site remote supplier control and support

Prevention & risk analysis:

  • System and process audits:
    • ISO/TS 16949
    • VDA 6.3
    • Process control plan audits
  • APQP audits & support:
    • FMEA
    • PPAP
    • Run@rate
    • Process capability
  • Social audits:
    • Work conditions
    • Labour relations 
    • CSR

Sub-supplier development:

  • PPAP and R@R support and monitoring
  • Material and fluids analysis
  • Parts testing
  • Output and production cost optimisation

Organisational Development:

  • Quality system training:
    • ISO 9001
    • ISO 14001
    • OHSAS 18001
    • ISO/TS 16949
  • Quality tools training:
    • FMEA
    • PPAP
    • MSA
    • SPC
    • 8D
    • 5S
    • Lean 6 Sigma
  • On site coaching

Contact your local SGS office today for supplier quality development services.

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