Qatalum’s CEO, Tom Petter Johansen, described the importance of this quality certification for Qatalum by saying, “What this means to Qatalum is that we can continue our policy of economic diversification, allowing local business to tap into our high quality resource, to build value-added components in Qatar for export and local consumption, therefore furthering the downstream industrial base and increasing employment.”
“The standard reflected in this certification is practiced on a day-to-day basis through our high standard of operations, but the recognition is for the knowledge-based industry that Qatalum would like to share locally and within the region”, Mr. Johansen said.
The post-2008 economic downturn has hit many international smelters hard, especially with reduced demand for car production. But with this certification, argues Mr. Johansen, Qatalum’s products can go a long way in supplementing orders to automotive customers who may otherwise fall short of primary aluminium product.
Khalid Mohamed Laram, Qatalum’s deputy CEO, added his own thoughts. “This is a golden opportunity for downstream industries in Qatar to take advantage of aluminium produced at Qatalum, especially those related to the construction industry. The quality of Qatalum’s metal is world class and is exported globally, including to downstream industries in the GCC.
We are a catalyst for growth in the aluminium industry in Qatar with a mission parallel to the industrial diversification strategy of Qatar’s Vision 2030. Furthermore, our knowledge based industry can help and encourage individuals and companies with their own downstream plans resulting in long-term economic and employment benefits to Qatar.
We have a diverse and dynamic workforce which includes people from all over the world. But only through good management, perseverance and cooperation among all those people is an achievement like this possible. I’d like to add my own thanks to the Qatalum team as we look forward to new opportunities ahead.”
The ISO/TS 16949:2009 certification is a global standard for quality, awarded by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF). It defines the quality management system requirements for the design and development, production and installation and service of automotive-related products. It is applicable to the sites of an organization where customer-specified parts for production or service are manufactured.
The emphasis of the ISO/TS 16949:2009 standard is to prevent defects, reduce variation and waste, and the continuous improvement of the supply chain.
The certification comes on the back of Qatalum’s EcoSTEP campaign at the recent QP Environment Fair, held from the 12th to the 14th of April 2012 at the Doha International Exhibition Centre. The campaign centred on the concept of the Eco-footprint, and involved children and teenagers presenting ideas at an environmental impact stand, made with a zero percent Eco-footprint.
The Eco-footprint can be calculated by taking the amount of resources that are available and dividing that figure by the total population of the earth, which provides the global ‘earth-share’ figure (gha). Currently the earth needs only 1.89 gha per person, but Qatar has an eco-footprint of 10.51 gha per person – one of the highest in the world. With this campaign, according to Tom Peter Johansen, “Qatalum aims to create greater awareness of the role it’s playing to achieve an environmentally sustainable local community.”
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