Management at the company is putting the recent success down to the fact it has just been re-approved to the Aerospace & Defence standard ‘AS9100 (revision D)’ and the ISO 14001 Environmental standard, not to mention becoming one of the first in the UK to achieve ISO 45001.
The latter is the new international accreditation that covers all aspects of health and safety and underlines the manufacturer’s determination to create a safe working environment for its staff.
“It has been a very busy few months on the quality front, with all of the team working hard to make sure we passed audits so that we can keep supplying the aerospace sector and meet our commitment to manufacturing with as little impact on the environment as possible,” commented Kevin Guest, quality executive at Alloy Wire International.
“Quality and our ability to manufacture to exacting specifications are two of our biggest selling points and, in the last four weeks alone, we have secured work with new clients that have been impressed with our AS9100 and ISO 14001 credentials. Without these awards in place, we wouldn’t even get on the list to quote for the order.”
He continued: “The ISO 45001 accreditation is the upgrade to OHSAS 18001 and required a real team effort, with everyone from the Directors to shipping getting involved in the process and ensuring we have the right systems in place.
“Our Assessor – SGS – was very impressed and I’m led to believe we’re one of the first companies in the UK to achieve this standard – it’s all about manufacturing quality and delivering reliability.”
AWI’s quality team has been strengthened this month, with the appointment of a new technical specialist that will work in testing and final inspection.
Gary Whitehouse will work with existing specialists to underpin the company’s approach to quality and to also give it additional resource when dealing with customer enquiries that are now a lot more technically demanding.