Quality, environmental and energy management
Our integrated quality, environmental and energy management system forms the basis for continuous improvement in the quality of our products and processes, the sustainability of our environmental protection measures and our efforts to reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint. Our management system is fully compliant with DIN EN ISO 9001, DIN EN ISO 14001, DIN EN ISO 50001, Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC Appendix I paragraph 4.3 and ISO/TS 16949.
The development, production and delivery of our products occurs to the highest quality standards and in line with key national and international standards and regulations. Every level and segment of SIMONA is responsible for maintaining these quality standards and meeting the high demands of our customers at all times. Qualified and motivated employees working with state-of-the-art technology ensure the best possible outcomes.
As well as our own comprehensive internal monitoring systems, we have some external agreements with independent certification and inspection bodies to monitor a host of different products. These arrangements are based on national and international regulations governing various sectors and aspects of our business, such as civil and structural engineering, low flammability products, contact with foodstuffs and drinking water, clean room technology and chemical tank and equipment construction. Independent auditors regularly validate our product quality and compliance with the relevant standards.
The quality management system of SIMONA AG has been certified as compliant with DIN EN ISO 9001 since 1993. Over time, this has been augmented by other certifications such as compliance with Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC Appendix I paragraph 4.3 and the ISO/TS 16949 standard specific to the automobile industry.
SIMONA is the co-initiator of a quality campaign launched by German manufacturers of PVC sheet products. Under the heading of "PVC Sheet Quality – Made in Germany" the members of this initiative have committed themselves to maintain high quality standards, safeguard expertise in sheet processing and deliver excellence in service. The quality certification mark is managed by Industrieverband Halbzeuge und Konsumprodukte aus Kunststoff e. V. (pro-K).
"Variety is the spice of life" – and as a manufacturer of thermoplastic products, SIMONA AG is well aware of this. We have developed new products to meet the need for sustainable solutions in the field of power supply as well as safety-conscious and environmentally compatible applications.
At SIMONA we contribute to the conservation of natural resources by choosing lighter weight alternatives to heavy materials in our products, promoting water purification and reducing our carbon emissions. Sustainability is also a strategic goal in our production processes. In planning any new production processes or applying any manufacturing methods, environmental protection is a major priority and an aspect of our production we continually strive to improve.
Our proactive approach to environmental protection is evident from our successful environmental management system, which was first certified in 2002. Our DIN EN ISO 14001 certification was renewed in December 2011 and our Litvinov plant succeeded in gaining DIN EN ISO 14001 certification for the first time in January 2010.
Environmental aspects form an integral part of the decision-making process and structure of our entire management system. We continually work on improving our processes to ensure sparing use of resources and minimal impact on the environment. We comply with all legal requirements and official directives.
With the decision taken in March 2011 to introduce an energy management system in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001, SIMONA set the parameters for a responsible attitude to energy consumption.
The driving forces behind this policy are climate change and the growing demand for energy. The goal is to have a sustainable energy supply at affordable prices for adequate provision of power where and when it is needed.
Enhancing our energy efficiency will have further benefits for the company. It is logical to assume that these will include reduced production costs, encouragement of in-house innovation and longer life-cycles for our operational systems.
Ongoing energy savings can only be achieved by ongoing energy management. On the one hand, this includes regular monitoring, assessment and targeting of particular energy consumption patterns. By monitoring our consumption, we can detect any technical errors at an early stage and introduce appropriate preventative measures. Furthermore, by comparing our key consumption indicators and production figures, we can also successively highlight various areas with potential for improvement, if organisational and/or technical measures are introduced with the cooperation of all segments of Simona AG.