Volkswagen India receives ISO 9001:2008 certification
Volkswagen Group Chief Representative India, Joerg Mueller: "Stringent quality policies world over at the Volkswagen Group and the same level in Pune" / Reinforcement of Volkswagen's quality commitment to customers by ISO 9001:2008 certification
Pune, February 9, 2010: The Volkswagen India Plant Pune received the ISO 9001:2008 certification for quality management systems. The certificate was handed over to Mr. Joerg Mueller, Volkswagen Group Chief Representative India, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited by Mr. Anil Rairikar, Managing Director, TUV India Private Limited at the Volkswagen India plant Pune today.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Joerg Mueller said, "It is a moment of immense importance and pride for us to get such recognition in a short span of time. Volkswagen as a Group has stringent quality policies world over and we are proud to have followed the same level of quality assurance in the Pune plant as well." ISO 9001:2008 certification is another milestone for Volkswagen’s quality philosophy at its Pune plant. "This recognition reinstates the role of the plant in Volkswagen’s continuous India success story", Mr. Mueller stated.
The construction of the plant commenced in 2007 and has been built in a record time of 17 months. The process for the certification started in September 2008, even before the inauguration of the plant in March 2009. The Quality policy for Volkswagen India was formed in July 2009. The achievement of the ISO 9001:2008 certification in February 2010 is one of the shortest time-periods for achievement of such a certification by a Greenfield plant.
ISO 9001:2008 specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. It also aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system. The ISO 9001:2008 certification of the plant reinforces Volkswagen’s quality commitment to customers buying Volkswagen cars in India. The ISO 9001:2008 certification ensures the quality of product through the quality of processes followed in the plant, which indicates that Volkswagen employees think and operate in processes in order to achieve Volkswagen standards of quality.
About Volkswagen Group India. With its headquarters in Pune, Maharashtra, the Volkswagen Group is represented by three brands in India: Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda. The Volkswagen Group is completing 10 years of its India journey which began with the entry of the Skoda brand in 2001, Audi brand and Volkswagen brand in 2007. Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity in the market. With 17 models in India and 120 dealerships, Volkswagen Group India is all set to capture the Indian market with the inauguration of the Pune plant which has an investment of Rs 3800 crore (580 million Euros) and a production capacity of 110,000 cars annually. In the period between January 2009 and December 2009, Volkswagen Group has sold around 19,000 vehicles in India. Volkswagen India Group is a part of Volkswagen AG, which is globally represented by 9 brands- Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Scania, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge) and Volkswagen Passenger Cars.