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ISO 9001:2000 Unites Auto Industry

FedEx Builds Fleet of Hybrid Vehicles

New York, Jun 05, 2003

For the first time in its history, and with the help of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the automotive industry is united in its use of a common set of supplier quality requirements, based on the ISO 9001:2000 quality management system.

ISO predicts that by the end of 2006, as many as eight out of every 10 cars and trucks produced worldwide will contain parts or components that are designed, manufactured and sold under ISO 9001:2000, which ensures the product is consistently meeting customer and applicable regulatory requirements.

The ISO 9000:2000 family of standards are used to assess a company’s ability to meet customer and regulatory requirements, thereby addressing customer satisfaction. This expansive acceptance of the ISO 9001:2000 set of standards marks a dramatic increase in the reliance on quality management standards to help harmonize the automotive industry.

The automotive industry also employs ISO standards to make their operations more environmentally friendly. ISO 9000 is often used in concert with the ISO 14000 family of environmental management standards, which guide a company in minimizing the harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities and support continual improvement of its environmental performance.

The FedEx Corporation, an ISO 9001 certified company, recently announced a new eco-friendly initiative that will team the worldwide carrier with Environmental Defense, a non-profit organization, and the Eaton Corporation to begin replacing 30,000 of its 42,000 delivery trucks and vans with low-emission hybrid vehicles, which are powered by both diesel engines and electric motors. With 20 hybrid trucks already in use, the company has begun to build what will be one the first large commercial fleets of hybrid vehicles.

Another leading package delivery company, United Parcel Service Inc., already operates 1,024 compressed natural-gas vehicles in the U.S. and has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and DaimlerChrysler to develop zero-emission, fuel cell-powered trucks and vans by 2004.

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