Engineering Plastics is on a quality systems roll

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PHOTO: A small reception was held at the Vereeniging factory in March during which the company received its ISO 9001:2015 certificate. Engineering Plastics’ GM Bennie van Zyl and QA manager Steve Smidtreceived the DQS flag and certificate from Vusi Bongwe, MD of DQS South Africa, who managed the implementation of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. Last year Vusi presented the company with its ISO 9001:2008 certification and commented that all the employees ‘I met then are still here with us today’                                                                                

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ENGINEERING Plastics, the Vereeniging injection moulding business, has – in partnership with DQS South Africa and Titan Quality Management – achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification just one year after achieving ISO 9001:2008.

With its sights set on IATF 16949:2016, the company is sure to go from strength to strength with a planned system implementation date of mid-2018 and certification by the end of the year.

Engineering Plastics was established in 2000 under the direction of Hartmut Wegener, the company’s managing director. A globally active injection moulding component supplier, Engineering Plastics provides injection moulding facilities for moulded components and assemblies as well as zinc casting components such as locking and reclining mechanisms to both the local and export automotive, mining and electronics industry sectors.

The company is a well-known supplier in countries such as Germany, Thailand, Argentina and China. It employs 35 people, with the management team comprising of general manager Bennie van Zyl, programme manager Minette Smidt, logistics manager Mavis Nkotsane and QA & development manager Steve Smidt.

“We give our customers an agile service of rapid turnaround from the receipt of product specifications through the tooling process to the finished product with a ‘check-do-check’ quality review at each stage of the process. As the backbone of this process and with help from our external consultant, we used ISO 9001:2015 as the guideline for the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) cycle we use throughout the business operations to ensure customer value added in the processing, manufacturing and delivery activity” said Steve Smidt.

MD Wegener has insisted on the setting of the highest standards throughout, with the factory being one of the tidiest and cleanest around.

“To survive in our highly competitive market sector we need to continually challenge the way we deliver and ensure our factory personnel are able to meet the demands of the business we serve. We’ve done this through formal industry training via Plastics/SA and TIQMS as well as using quality improvement ‘tools’ like Daily Improvement, Quality at the Source and standardised quality control procedures” said Wegener.

Besides receiving its ISO 9001:2015 certificate from DQS at the reception in March, Wegener also presented Engineering Plastics’ 2017 Supplier of the Year Award to Helmut Oellermann of Brenntag SA, the material supplier. The award acknowledged Brenntag’s excellent quality and performance during 2017.

Engineering Plastics has a long-standing relationship with Oellermann, previously one of the directors of Plastichem, which was bought by Brenntag in 2017.