GKN passed IATF 16949:2016 certified 3D metal suppliers

GKN Powder Metallurgy successfully passed the IATF 16949:2016 audit and becomes one of the first 3D Metal printing suppliers in the world to be certified with the new standard. The International Automotive Task Force (IATF) has introduced this revised global quality standard known as IATF 16949:2016 in October 2016.

It replaces ISO/TS 16949, one of the automotive industry’s most widely used international standard for quality management. The new IATF 16949 has been created with a stronger customer orientation and aims to develop a quality management system that (i) provides for continual improvement, (ii) emphasizes defect prevention, (iii) includes specific requirements and tools from automotive industry, (iv) promotes reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain, and (v) increases customer satisfaction.

As a leading innovation development partner of the automotive industry, GKN Powder Metallurgy wants to inspire customers to rethink ways to design products with Additive Manufacturing. It’s positioned in the 3D printing market as a fully vertically integrated solution provider that combines profound technical expertise in AM powders, processes and products.