Issue 46 – February 2013
There are few industries more global than the automotive sector whose supply chains link suppliers large and small, worldwide. International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standards allow this system to mesh efficiently and effectively. A new ISO brochure, How ISO standards support global car industry, presents a compilation of recent articles from ISO Focus+ magazine and of press releases showing the scale of ISO's rapid responsiveness to the needs of this important sector.
Clearly, with more than a billion estimated road vehicles in use worldwide, if the automotive sector uses state-of-the-art standards for aspects such as safety, impact on the environment, and requirements for supply chain partners, this can have an enormous impact on all three dimensions of sustainable development – social, environmental, and economic.
The importance of this challenge is reflected by ISO's response. Out of a current more than 19500 ISO Standards for almost all sectors of business and technology, some 900 have been developed for road vehicles and related technologies. They provide benefits:
- for manufacturers – ISO Standards provide specifications for safety, quality, performance, and environmental impact
- for supply chains – ISO Standards provide harmonised requirements enabling outsourcing, fair competition, the participation of suppliers from developing countries – a 'level playing field' – and drive down costs by facilitating competitive tendering
- for regulators – ISO Standards provide the technical basis – regularly reviewed and improved – for legislation on aspects such as safety and pollution
- for consumers and users – ISO Standards make it simpler and safer to drive vehicles, while protecting passengers (especially children) and pedestrians, and lower the cost of buying vehicles
- for research and development – ISO Standards facilitate innovation and the roll-out of new technologies by providing globally harmonised terminology and consensus on health, safety, and environmental aspects.
The new brochure includes interviews with top executives from companies such as Kia Motors Corporation, Chrysler Group and Fiat, Daimler, and Rolls Royce Motor Cars, who share their perspectives on ISO Standards. It also includes a list of ISO Standards for the increasingly important sector of electric vehicles.
Summarised from an ISO media release, 9 January 2013.
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