Elmo Leather of Svenljunga have become one of the first companies in Sweden to receive the certificate which guarantees that the company meet the requirements of the automotive industry’s global quality standard, ISO/TS 16949.

This shows that Elmo Leather already match the requirements that international car manufacturers will be demanding from their suppliers in the future.

Around 200 Swedish businesses must meet these requirements by the end of 2006 if they are going to be able to compete in the global automotive industry. ‘Certification in accordance with this global standard will be a condition for the future for being able to submit a tender to the automotive industry’, says Anders Johansson, Elmo’s quality director.

With the ISO/TS 16494 award, Elmo Leather become one of the first companies in Sweden to gain a complete set of certificates in all areas. The company’s environmental management system has ISO 14001:1996 certification and the quality management system has ISO 9001:2000 and QS-9000.

ISO/TS 16494 is the automotive industry’s first global quality standard. It replaces several national standards, including Germany’s VDA 6.1, France’s EAQF 94, Italy’s AVSQ and, in the long term, the international QS 9000.