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More Facilities become Certified to New ISO 9001:2015 Standard

May 29, 2018 / Uncategorized

Over the last several years, HWI has taken a new approach to quality, seeking to provide a consistently high performing product to customers.  This new approach involved bringing in new systems, providing training and developing new capabilities, new equipment, as well as resources to support the effort.  These efforts are paying off, most recently with the additional ISO 9001:2015 standard certifications of more HWI manufacturing facilities.

The new ISO 9001:2015 standard is the result of three years of revision work by experts from nearly 95 participating and observing countries to bring the ISO standard up to date with modern needs.  “We are just bringing ISO 9001 firmly into the 21st century,” states Nigel Croft, Chair of the ISO subcommittee responsible for the revised standard.  “The earlier versions of the ISO 9001 were quite prescriptive, with many requirements for the documented procedures and records. In the 2000 and 2008 editions, we focused more on managing processes, and less on documentation. We have now gone a step further, and ISO 9001:2015 is even less prescriptive than its predecessor, focusing instead on performance.”

HWI’s Minerva, Pryor, Windham, and West Mifflin facilities have all recently seen successful audits. Following an aggressive certification schedule, HWI is working to ensure that all remaining manufacturing locations across the globe achieve certification to the new ISO standard before the end of 2018.

About HWI, A member of Calderys

HWI is the largest supplier of refractory products and services in the United States, with a history that spans more than 150 years. It is part of Calderys and is the brand for the Americas region of the Group. HWI counts 25 manufacturing sites and 20 distribution centers in the Americas, as well as the largest refractory industry research facility in North America. Serving virtually every major industry that requires refractory solutions to enhance production and protect assets, HWI is consistently recognized for its talented experts, industry firsts, and intensely driven excellence.

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