HARTING Technology Group

11. May 2006

HARTING ranks as the world’s first IRIS-quality company

Pleased about the presentation of the new IRIS certificate to HARTING were (in the foreground) Hans Jahn (DQS) (3rd from left), Margrit Harting (owner) (middle), Wolfgang Minks (DQS) (5th from right), Heinrich Welling (General Manager Quality Management H

Certification to new standard for railway industry attained

HARTING ranks as the world’s first IRIS-quality company

The HARTING Technology Group is the first company in the world to earn the IRIS (International Railway Industry Standard) quality certificate to the railway industry's new international quality standard. This distinction was presented on Wednesday by Hans Jahn, the quality officer responsible for IRIS at Zertifizierungsgesellschaft DQS GmbH, in Espelkamp. The three DQS auditors, Wolfgang Minks, Hans Jahn and Rolf Schwenke, as well as Michael Wix, the UNIFE (Union of the European Railway Industries) observer, issued HARTING KGaA, HARTING Electric GmbH & Co. KG, HARTING Electronics GmbH & Co. KG and HARTING Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG an excellent certificate. At the audit in April, HARTING exceeded the specified performance degree by a wide margin.
UNIFE formulated the quality standard, which combines the widespread general quality requirements of ISO 9001 with additional demands and requirements for the railway industry. The goal of IRIS certification is to create a uniform, international quality standard for all suppliers to the railway industry, consequently making time-consuming reciprocal evaluations and audits superfluous. The new standard is recognized by all major railway manufacturers and currently places the strictest quality requirements on vendor companies. Railway industry connection solutions from HARTING are currently deployed at leading companies such as Bombardier, Siemens Transportation and Alstom.
HARTING has been certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard since 1991. "The new IRIS certification represents the next step in cooperation with the railway industry for our company,” as entrepreneur Margrit Harting explained. “The IRIS certificate corroborates HARTING's commitment to developing and producing advanced connection solutions for the railway industry at the highest level. The focus here is on fulfilling all customer requirements and expectations, all the way through to end users," added Heinrich Welling, General Manager Quality Management.