Dutch company qualified as supplier for the aviation industry
The AS9100 certificate is of great importance in the aerospace industry. This qualifies a company to serve as a supplier to the demanding aerospace industry. Lloyd’s recently officially granted Goudsmit Magnetic Supplies the certification required for delivering magnetic components and assemblies to the aerospace industry.
We asked Quality Manager Ivan Loenders and Sales Manager Marc Teeuwen why this certification is so important for Goudsmit. Marc replied, ‘Our step to obtain the AS9100 certification has been a very conscious one. We are already successful in the automotive industry and see plenty of opportunity for expansion in this industry in the coming years. The technologically highly advanced aerospace industry, however, was a real challenge for us, as the production and supply requirements are even stricter. I therefore see this step as an excellent opportunity to take our entire organization to an even higher level while also –as a new entrant in this market– raising the bar for all the established suppliers of magnetic assemblies.’
Assembly and production techniques
Within the European market for the supply of magnetic components and assemblies to the aerospace industry, those with AS9100 certification are few indeed. Marc continues, ‘The fact that Goudsmit, with our experience and skill set as automotive supplier, is now entering the aerospace market will be a welcome announcement for the European aerospace industry. Meanwhile, we are also investing heavily in new assembly and production methods to ensure that we create an environment that is in line with market requirements.’
Ivan Loenders, group quality and internal certification process manager, told us, ‘Goudsmit Magnetic Supplies has been ISO/TS 16949 certified since 2008, and since then we have secured a position as a tier 1 supplier to the European automotive industry. So we clearly have all the basic processes firmly under control. But AS9100 demands an even greater focus on traceability. We have worked very hard over the last few months to attain close control of these processes as well. During the Lloyd’s audit it quickly became apparent that aspects such as traceability and safeguarding a stable production process are verifiably entrenched in our organization. Being awarded the certificate was therefore a welcome affirmation of the efforts of the entire organization.’
Marc adds, ‘Our Supplies division is already active as a supplier to the aerospace industry on a small scale, but many major OEMs insist that all their suppliers be in possession of the AS9100 certificate. Now that we are certified for not just ISO9001 and ISO/TS 16949 but also AS9100, we are busy establishing a strong reputation as a specialized supplier and manufacturer of magnetic components and assemblies and look forward to new partnerships in the fast-growing European manufacturing industry.’
Goudsmit has recently also joined the NAG; The Dutch national branch organization for organizations active in the Aerospace & Airport Development. NAG members are supported through the development of expertise, recommendations, access to the national and international market and an extensive network. NAG members are active in Aircraft maintenance, Aircraft manufacturing, Airport development & infrastructure and all related services. The mission of the NAG is: a continuous optimization of the international competitiveness of the Dutch aviation industry. For more information: www.nag.aero
Supplies is a member of the Goudsmit Magnetics Group. Since its establishment in 1959, this international operating family company has produced millions of magnet systems that found their way across the continent. In order to optimize the market, Goudsmit has established a special company: Goudsmit AeroTec BV. All aerospace related issues will focus on this new operating company to provide market and customer as efficiently as possible with magnetic solutions.
Goudsmit Magnetics has obtained AS9100 certification as a second European magnet supplier and qualified as a supplier for the Aerospace industry.