27th May 2016
A North East-based tooling and plastic injection moulding manufacturer is celebrating after being accredited with ISO/TS 16949:2009, the global standard for the automotive sector.
The Omega Plastics Group has experienced significant growth in the sector by producing components for Tier One suppliers to various manufacturers including Aston Martin and Nissan.
Paul Anderson, group quality manager, says: “Securing this prestigious quality award confirms our capability to work alongside some of the biggest names in the industry.”
The process to secure ISO/TS 16949:2009 began with a two-day audit conducted by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), the world’s leading independent provider of business quality assurance. This was followed by a four-day inspection at Omega’s Blyth and Hartlepool sites.
“The auditor challenged all aspects of our business, from how we receive raw materials to the dispatch of products to customers, as well as closely scrutinising our internal processes such as purchasing, administration, training, measurement systems and quality control,” adds Paul.
Since the business was established in 2006, The Omega Plastics Group has operated under ISO 9001 and has supplied a wide range of sectors, experiencing strong growth across its portfolio.
Group managing director, Dave Crone (pictured), comments: “Since I launched the business, we have moved into additional and larger premises, created more than 70 jobs and expanded our production capability. Our 2015 merger with Signal Plastics brought two successful and innovative businesses together, further strengthening our position in the market for prototype development, specialist tooling and plastic injection moulding.”
As well as its sites in Blyth and Hartlepool, The Omega Plastics Group also has a facility in Washington which increases its injection moulding press range to 1300 tonnes.