Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) recently passed the stringent requirements for Integrated Management System (IMS) based on the newly released version in September 2015 by the International Organization for Standardization. The 2015 series cover both ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) and these certifications have been obtained by MMPC since February 1999 and July 2001, respectively. In addition, it passed the requirements for OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series) in June 2013 which led to MMPC’s qualification for Integrated Management System (IMS) status under three (3) international standards.
MMPC took on the challenge to expedite its transition phase to the 2015 series. As such, the company is three-year ahead of its mandatory year of implementation by January 2018. The audit scope is centered on the new requirements of the aforesaid standards which focus on strategic planning, risk assessment, control of outsourced operations, and performance evaluation. MMPC’s pioneering status in the automotive manufacturing industry as IMS-certified under three (3) international standards is further enhanced by its compliance to its latest version.
The recertification audit was conducted from June 13-16, 2016 by its new recertifying organization, TUV Rheinland, which headquarters is based in Cologne, Germany. The sustained status of MMPC as IMS-certified covers the area of quality, environment, safety & health aspects of the entire management system. There were nine (9) independent external auditors who assessed the entire manufacturing facilities of MMPC located in Santa Rosa, Laguna. The audit also encompasses off-site processes which include the material handling operations for CKD (completely-knocked down) parts and the warehousing and distribution system for CBUs (completely-built units).
In a statement coming from its Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Manufacturing, Mr. Yasuhiro Maruyama, he essentially said that: “MMPC has learned important points during the audit and has developed management systems to assure quality, preserve the environment and achieve ‘zero-accident’”.
Meanwhile, MMPC’s President & CEO, Mr. Yoshiaki Kato, had announced before the external audit team that: “We will start to produce the Mirage models early next year and that a new stamping plant will be put up soon”. Furthermore, “Appropriate controls are very important and although these (controls) have become more difficult, there is a need to address (related) concerns very quickly”; the chief executive added.