ETAL Group has successfully achieved accreditation to the latest ISO9001:2015 quality standard, well ahead of the deadline for compliance.
Dan Phelan, president of ETAL congratulated the ETAL quality management team on achieving the new standard quickly, with no non-conformances. He said: “ETAL takes quality extremely seriously. By achieving the new standard early we are supporting our customers in their own ISO9001 journey. ISO9001:2015 reflects a new philosophy which ensures that the whole organisation is fully engaged with quality – a philosophy that ETAL as an organisation embraces fully. Achieving the new standard will increase customer confidence, and has helped us become more efficient as an organisation and reduce waste.”
ISO9001:2015 is the first major upgrade to the standard since 2000, and includes greater emphasis on building a management system suited to the organization’s particular needs. Innovations include measures to ensure that the leaders of an organisation are fully involved with quality management and held accountable. The new standard brings in risk-based thinking to make the systems a preventive tool and a platform for continuous improvement. The deadline for achieving compliance is September 2018, after which an organisation not accredited to the new standard is no longer compliant.
The new accreditation covers ETAL Group AB in Stockholm, together with ETAL (UK) based in Ditchling and the recently acquired Grandchain Limited operation in Lewes for the design, production, sales and distribution of inductive components, amplifiers and related assemblies. The ETAL Group manufacturing subsidiaries in Ratmalana, Sri Lanka and Narva, Estonia are working towards the new standard, and expect to achieve it well ahead of the deadline. These units currently have ISO 9001:2008, 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certifications.
ETAL manufactures and sells in-house developed high-performance magnetic components such as transformers and inductors, which are used in AC/DC converters, DC/DC converters and signal applications. Target markets include the telecom, power technology, automotive, industrial and defence industries. The majority of components are custom-designed for specific applications, but ETAL also offers a range of standard components.