RICHBURG, S.C. — Giti Tire Manufacturing (USA) Ltd. has achieved a pair of international quality management certifications at the Richburg tire factory.
The certifications achieved are ISO 9001-2015 and IATF 16949-2016.
ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for quality management systems (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability of an enterprise to provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.
It is the most popular standard in the ISO 9000 series and the only standard in the series to which organizations can certify.
The IATF 16949-2016 is a technical specification for the automotive sector established by International Automotive Task Force in October 2016. It is widely used in the automotive industry, harmonizing the different assessment and certification systems in the global automotive supply chain.
"The amount of hard work by our team members in gaining these two certifications, which is extended to other operations like sales, warehouse and R&D, cannot be overstated," Carole Wilbert, senior manager of Quality Assurance at the Richburg plant.
"It was a Herculean task but well worth it because these two certifications demonstrate to our OE and replacement tire customers that our quality standards are among the best in the world."
The Giti passenger and light truck tire plant in Richburg started production in late 2017. Together with the adjacent Giti Tire R&D Center, the factory produces Giti- and GT Radial-branded tires for OE and replacement customers throughout North America.