After release of the second edition of ISO/TS 16949 in March 2002 all Gates' European Power Transmission (PT) factories – located in Balsareny (Spain), Legnica (Poland), Nevers (France), Aachen (Germany) and Dumfries (Scotland)–are certified to this new standard. The ISO/TS 16949 Technical Specification is based on the ISO 9001:2000 standard and defines the quality system requirements which have to be met by the automotive suppliers.
In a very recent past European automotive suppliers had to meet different standards such as VDA6.1 (German car industry), EAQF94 (French car industry), AVSQ94 (Italian car industry) and QS-9000 (DaimlerChrysler, Ford and General Motors) if they supplied to these various customers. The ISO/TS 16949 Technical Specification replaces these standars, issued at a national level. An automotive supplier to all these customers only needs this one certificate, reducing the amount of audits.
The ISO/TS 16949 assessment includes all major criteria of a company’s quality and management system. Gates Europe’s ISO/TS 16949 certificate is valid until January 2006. In the meantime, Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Ltd carries out surveillance audits every six months.