Safety and Standards

Quality

Last year too, it was shown that this quality of products, processes and systems is a feature of the German automotive industry at the highest level.

Quality Management in the VDA

The quality of the German motor industry’s products, processes and systems is high. The QMC is an operative center of quality management for the German motor industry. The VDA Quality Management Committee (QMA), the German motor industry’s highest body for quality, controls all quality management activities. The results of the working parties, QM experts from the manufacturers and suppliers are implemented by the VDA’s Quality Management Center (QMC).

Quality as the calling card of the German automotive industry

Last year too, it was shown that this quality of products, processes and systems is a feature of the German automotive industry at the highest level. The QMC, controlled by the QMA, is an operative center of quality management for the German automotive industry. The VDA Quality Management Committee (QMA) is the highest body for quality activities within the German automotive industry, and is responsible for controlling quality management activities. The results of the working groups, QM experts at manufacturers and suppliers, are implemented operationally by the Quality Management Center in the VDA (QMC).

Status of global ISO/TS-16 040 system certification activities

At the end of 2014, some 24,675 or the global total of around 58,000 valid ISO/TS-16949 certificates had been issued by the 13 certification companies, which are licensed and monitored by the IATF representatives of the VDA QMC. Around 24 percent of these certificates have been issued to protection sites that supply at least one IATF OEM. As in the previous year, the number of certified production sites rose once again by around 8 percent.

Number of certified production sites

Region Dec. 2013 Dec. 2014 Development
Africa 479 480 + 0.2%
Asia-Pacific 34,081 37,336 + 9.6%
Europe 10,483 11,009 + 5.0%
Middle East 1,503 1,575 + 4.8%
North America 5,598 5,933 + 6.0%
South America 1,579 1,615 + 2.3%
Total 53,723 57,948 +7.9%

QMC basic and advanced training

The number of people taking training at the VDA QMC has risen steadily over the last few years. Every year more than 4,000 people attend training courses in Germany. However, the number of attendees stagnated in 2014. This is due to the fact that the VDA QMC licensees have extended their range of courses from the VDA QMC product portfolio. This meant that the attendees and revenues underwent a certain amount of delay. On a global basis, the number of attendees rose compared to the previous year by approx. 38 percent to approx. 19,800. The qualification for the VDA 6.x standards was the main focus.

Assurance of automotive software development processes using Automotive SPICE

The subject of electronic and software development in the vehicle has become an important part of the VDA QMC’s activities. Software quality is one of the main requirements for the safety and reliability of a modern, increasingly networked vehicle. The assurance and evaluation of the development processes using Automotive SPICE plays a central role in this. Since the takeover of personnel certification by SPICE assessors in the motor industry in 2007, the VDA QMC has consistently bundled its activities in this respect. This means that Automotive SPICE has become a globally accepted standard in the motor industry. The year 2014 once again saw a major rise in new certifications for the VDA QMC’s Automotive SPICE personnel certification body. In June, the 1,000th Automotive SPICE assessor was certified.

QMC offices in China and Russia

The VDA QMC China once again provided support to VDA member companies in China during 2014 with its core expertise, QM training. In the growth market that is China, VDA member companies and the local supply chain are offered VDA QMC training and discussions on quality management at their sites. The VDA QMC China organized 115 training courses for automotive VDA quality management in 2014. With over 2,200 people attending these courses, growth reached a level of around 50 percent. Around 920 (a rise of 130 percent) VDA QMC document series were published. The quarterly VDA Quality Management Committee China has now been established.

Despite the difficult economic situation in Russia, more people were also able to complete QM training courses there as well during 2014 (a rise of around 10 percent). The VDA standards prepared in Germany were thus able to become more established in Russia.

Heinz-Günter Plegniere
Heinz-Günter Plegniere Head of Department Quality Management Center (QMC)

Tel: +49 30 897842-230 Fax: +49 30 897842-600
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