1 August 2006

Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK) reconfirmed its Quality Management System compliance with international requirements for automotive steel production

NLMK’s Quality Management System (QMS) has successfully passed its second supervisory audit to comply with the requirements of ISO/TS 16949:2002 (Quality management systems – Particular requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2000 for automotive production and relevant service part organizations).

Experts from the certifying body, TÜV CERT (Germany), performed the audit and verified all the ongoing processes of the site’s Quality Management System together with the regulatory documentation, production facilities activities and technical support services operating in the production of flat steel for automotive application.

The experts conducting the audit confirmed that all the processes of Company’s QMS comply with international requirements and acknowledged the Company’s technical excellence and high organizational level.

Being a leading steel supplier to the automotive industry, in 2005 Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK) shipped more than 400,000 tonnes of steel, including high-quality automotive IF steel sheet, possessing improved stamping properties for the manufacture of auto body parts.

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The process of development and implementation of ISO/TS 16949:2002 is based on ISO 9001:2000, but the stringency of its requirements is significantly higher. The certification based on the requirements of this standard proves a high quality level of the Russian steel producer, and it offers an opportunity to be recognized as a potential supplier to global automotive companies.