Less than six months after opening, Nokian Tyres’ factory in Dayton, Tenn., has earned ISO 9001 certification. “The achievement affirms that the company has implemented rigorous quality management processes at the facility that enable it to craft premium products that meet the demanding needs of North American drivers,” say Nokian officials.
Nokian started the audit process immediately after opening the factory “in order to give dealers and drivers confidence that the products crafted there meet the premium standards associated with the brand. While achieving ISO 9001 certification is not uncommon in the tire industry, earning it so quickly after construction is noteworthy. The intensive process includes audits by an independent, external certification body and by internal staff trained for the process.”
All three of the tiremaker’s global factories have now achieved ISO 9001 certification.
“At the Dayton factory, we want to make high-quality tires that are the safest on the road, and we are happy that the audit reflects the successful processes we’ve put in place,” says Glenn Kilgore, the plant’s quality system coordinator.