NSF International Strategic Registrations Acquires AQA International LLC
NSF-ISR and AQA-certified companies benefit from an expanded portfolio of services, a larger North American presence, and a wider global footprint including China, Korea, India, Turkey and Malaysia
Acquisition provides registered companies with increased North American and global support, particularly in the aerospace and automotive sectors
Combined, registrars form one of world’s leading automotive systems registration bodies
NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd. (NSF-ISR), a leader in management systems registrations, has acquired AQA International LLC and AQA’s current international operations. As a result, NSF-ISR and AQA-certified companies will benefit from a wider global footprint in China, Korea, India, Turkey and Malaysia; a larger North American presence; and a broader array of service offerings.
The acquisition is part of NSF’s ongoing strategic growth plan for its management systems registrations division (NSF-ISR). The combination of NSF-ISR and AQA enables the organization to provide increased support to its expanding customer base in North America and globally, including the global automotive and aerospace sectors. Jointly, the two combine to form one of the world’s leading providers of management systems registrations and one of the world’s largest automotive systems registrars.
NSF-ISR, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., with offices in Europe, Asia, Canada and Latin America, offers a comprehensive portfolio of management systems registration solutions to meet the demands of the global marketplace. AQA, headquartered in Columbia, S.C., operates offices in North America, China, Korea, India, Malaysia and Turkey, and also is accredited for a broad portfolio of systems registrations.
“As a result of this acquisition, our organization will have an increased North American and global footprint, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, and will become one of the world’s leading automotive systems registrars,” said NSF-ISR President and General Manager William Niedzwiecki. “Our clients, and their suppliers, will benefit from our combined expertise, a wider array of service offerings, an expanded auditor base, and the increased level of service and efficiency that will result as we incorporate the best practices of both companies.”
“We are extremely enthusiastic about the many synergies that exist between AQA and NSF-ISR,” said Chuck Howell, AQA International CEO. “This acquisition serves as a catalyst to create a solid organization that prides itself on being responsive to client needs, while providing more products and services and continuing to meet the increasing demand for management systems certification solutions throughout the global supply chain. AQA-certified clients will benefit from NSF-ISR’s wide range of services, expertise and auditor base, and most importantly, can count on continuing to receive the same high level of service they deserve and expect from their certification body.”
AQA is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina and operates offices globally (www.aqausa.com). Founded in 1992, AQA is accredited by the American National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to register companies to ISO 9001, AS 9100, AS 9120, AS 9003, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, e-Stewards, R2 and RIOS. AQA is authorized by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) to issue registrations to ISO/TS 16949 and certifications on behalf of the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI).
About NSF International Strategic Registrations Ltd (NSF-ISR)
NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR) offers a comprehensive portfolio of management systems registration solutions to meet the demands of the global marketplace (www.nsf-isr.org). Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., with offices in Taiwan, Europe, China, Brazil and Canada, NSF-ISR performs audits and provides management systems registration for clients throughout the world. NSF-ISR provides registrations for the following programs: ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, AS 9100/10/20, ISO 13485, ISO 20000-1, ISO 27001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, Greenhouse Gas Verification/Validation, Responsible Care (RC) 14001, Responsible Care Management Systems (RCMS), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), Chain of Custody (CoC), Fiber Sourcing, PEFC (Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification®), ATFS (American Tree Farm System®), ISO 22000, FSCC 22000 and B2/Dutch Feed. NSF-ISR is accredited by ANAB, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for various programs as well as recognized by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) to provide ISO/TS 16949 registrations. Additionally, NSF-ISR offers an Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program.
About NSF International. NSF International, NSF-ISR’s parent company, is an independent public health and safety organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
Additional NSF services include sustainability standards development, claims and product verification services through NSF Sustainability, as well as testing and certification programs for food equipment, drinking water system components/treatment chemicals, bottled water, dietary supplements and consumer product industries. Additionally, NSF provides food safety audits, food safety training, GMP training for the dietary supplement industry, pharmaceutical industry training from NSF-DBA, and GLP and GMP contract laboratory R&D services from NSF Pharmalytica.