Printer Friendly

CALGON RECEIVES ISO 9002 QUALITY CERTIFICATION

 PITTSBURGH, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Water Management Division of Calgon Corporation has been certified as an ISO 9002 company by the International Standards Organization (ISO). The ISO 9002 registration is awarded to companies which demonstrate that their production and support systems are consistent with established worldwide quality standards.
 The ISO 9002 designation is part of the ISO 9000 Series, widely recognized throughout Europe as the standard for quality system certification. It is believed that ISO 9000 registration will be a requirement for companies doing business in Europe in the near future.
 According to the Chemical Week Directory (November 1992), only 76 other chemical companies in the world with sites in the U.S. are ISO- certified. "For 75 years, Calgon Corporation has demonstrated its commitment to the industries it serves by consistently delivering the highest standards in water management," said Dr. A.F. Kerst, president. "ISO 9002 is a validation of this heritage of quality for our customers and our employees."
 To receive ISO 9002 certification, Calgon submitted to an extensive auditing process through which all the company's systems were reviewed, revised, if necessary, and documented. Then employees were trained to follow the procedures consistently and without deviation.
 The audit was conducted by AV Qualite, the U.S. affiliate of AIB- Vincotte of Brussels, one of the world's most prestigious quality certification firms.
 "We learned we already had sound systems in place," said Dr. Gerry Getman, director of Applications Development, Research & Development, and leader of Calgon's ISO 9002 certification effort. "Our biggest challenge was documenting our existing quality assurance procedures and getting people to follow them on a regular basis."
 Unlike the well-known Baldridge Award, which, like a "snapshot," recognizes a company's high standards at a specific moment in time, ISO 9002 promotes continuous improvement upon the quality procedures established during the initial certification process.
 Every six months or so, segments of Calgon will be re-audited so that in three years, systems throughout the entire company will have been reviewed.
 "Striving for ISO 9002 certification, because it requires a significant investment of company resources, also demonstrates our ongoing and long-term commitment to quality in the future, embodied by Calgon's Managing Total Quality (MTQ) program instituted in 1990," said Dr. Kerst. "Unlike many companies which conduct quality programs, we recognize that our return on investment in MTQ and ISO 9002 will not be immediate, but that over time such programs lower the cost of production and create a more efficient workforce."
 Calgon Corporation is a subsidiary of Merck & Company, Inc. (NYSE: MRK). The Water Management Division employs 1,250 people at facilities in Ellwood City, Pa.; Bayport, Texas; Canada; Benelux; the United Kingdom and at its headquarters in Pittsburgh.
 -0- 2/20/93
 /CONTACT: Thomas E. Erdner of Calgon, 412-777-8294, or Mark J. Sica of Creamer Dickson Basford, 412-456-4307, for Calgon/
 (MRK)


CO: Calgon Corporation ST: Pennsylvania IN: HOU SU:

PS -- NYSA005 -- 8683 02/20/93 15:48 EST
COPYRIGHT 1993 PR Newswire Association LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1993 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:PR Newswire
Date:Feb 20, 1993
Words:488
Previous Article:U.S. SUGAR CALLS FOR SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO PROBE U.S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE ROLE IN EVERGLADES LAWSUIT
Next Article:EASTERN ASSOCIATED ANNOUNCES COAL PROCESSING AND SHIPPING TO BEGIN FEB. 22
Topics:


Related Articles
MOBIL'S U.K. CORYTON REFINERY LATEST TO ACHIEVE INTERNATIONAL QUALITY CERTIFICATION
SOLECTRON OBTAINS ISO 9002 CERTIFICATION; BALDRIGE CRITERIA AND ISO STANDARDS SERVE AS FOUNDATION FOR COMPANY'S QUALITY PROGRAM
PICTURETEL AWARDED ISO-9002 CERTIFICATION
VULCAN CHEMICALS EARNS ISO REGISTRATION
GOULD FOIL RECEIVES ISO CERTIFICATION
Nalco earns ISO certification.
ISO registrations.
KERR-McGEE'S PIGMENT PLANT RECOMMENDED FOR ISO 9002 CERTIFICATION
KERR-McGEE'S PIGMENT PLANT RECOMMENDED FOR ISO 9002 CERTIFICATION
Republic Engineered Steels' Three Hot Rolled Plants Receive ISO 9002 And QS 9000 Quality Certification

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters