Issue: Nov 2006


Big 8 Wants You to Be TS Compliant, Are You Prepared?



by Courtenay Harewood

The Big 8 automotive manufacturers require suppliers to certify their quality systems to the automotive industry preeminent quality standard, ISO TS16949.
Companies that provide parts and subassemblies to major automotive manufactures who are late in adopting this important industry specification will find it increasingly more challenging to satisfy the requirements of their customers.

But, who should become TS compliant and what is truly at stake if you do not adopt TS? Major automotive manufacturers like DaimlerChrysler, Ford, and General Motors have already set a transition deadline of December 16, 2006. The time to get answers is right now!

The California Manufacturing Technology Consulting(TM) (CMTC) Automotive Group has been urging Southern California automotive manufacturers to get certified as quickly as possible in order to assure compliance with the primes. In light of this recommendation, CMTC will be offering a TS16949 seminar. Details are as follows:


TS16949 Seminar
8AM - 3PM
Cost: $99
November 29, 2006
Pacific Palms Resort and Conference Center
One Industry Hills Parkway
Industry Hills, CA 91744


Scheduled to present are Joseph Bransky, Quality Representative at General Motors, and a NSF representative. Golf tee times are also available and interested parties should contact Sunny Lopez at (310)
263-3009 for more information.

"In essence, TS16949 is one of the most important quality standards in the automotive industry. It is an automotive version of ISO 9001:
2000," said CMTC's Automotive Director Jerry McNair. "If you don't get TS16949 certified you will be left out the game."

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