Validates Company's Capability as a High Quality Supplier to the Electric Vehicle Automotive Industry
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. and BEIJING, China, Februaryy 4th, 2014 - Boston-Power, an industry leading developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion energy storage technologies, today announced the achievement of ISO/TS 16949 certification which validates that its design, development and manufacturing processes meet the highest standards for excellence in the automotive industry.
The ISO/TS 16949 certification earned by Boston-Power applies to the company's battery cell assembly products. Also called "block" products, these assemblies enable the design and implementation of Boston-Power's industry leading cell technologies to be used in large format battery packs for applications spanning electric vehicles (EVs), robotics and stationary storage. Boston-Power's first generation battery block product, Swing Key® 442 Lithium-Ion Block, will be joined by its second generation block product which is scheduled for release later this year.
"Achieving TS16949 certification is a major milestone for Boston-Power as a supplier to the automotive industry," said Dennis Foley, Director of Quality. "Both our automotive and non-automotive customers benefit from this certification which guarantees that our organization follows the strictest rules of quality and process management."
In order to obtain ISO/TS 16949 certification, a company must demonstrate that it complies with the ISO/TS 16949 quality management system and pass annual surveillance audits by an independent third-party.
The geographic scope of Boston-Power's ISO/TS 16949 certification includes their R&D facility in Westborough, MA as well as their manufacturing plant in Liyang, China.
A technical specification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) first published in March 2002 as ISO/TS 16949:2002 by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), a group comprised of representatives from the automotive manufacturers, and the "Technical Committee" of the ISO. Its objective is the development of a quality management system that provides for continuous improvement, emphasizing defect prevention and reduction of variation and waste in the automotive supply chain. It is based on the more popular and generic ISO 9001 specification but fine-tuned to the stricter requirements of the automotive industry particularly with respect to full product and component traceability over the entire automotive supply chain. TS16949 norms and specifications apply to the design, development, production, and when applicable, installation and servicing of automotive products.
Boston-Power is a developer and manufacturer of next-generation lithium-ion battery cells, blocks, modules and systems. Designed to fuel a wide range of applications, its flagship offerings, Swing and Sonata?, serve as the foundation for a new era of longer lasting, faster charging, safer and environmentally sustainable batteries. The company's Swing® product delivers unmatched capabilities for Battery Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (BEV/PHEV), and utility energy storage applications. Sonata delivers industry leading performance to a wide range of portable power and industrial applications.
Boston-Power is a global company with R&D centers in Westborough, Massachusetts, USA and Beijing, China, and mass manufacturing operations based in Asia. The company is funded by top-tier venture capital firms GSR Ventures, Foundation Asset Management and Oak Investment Partners. www.boston-power.com
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Boston-Power logo, Sonata® and Swing® are trademarks of Boston-Power, Inc. Other brand names or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Boston-Power is an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/TS 16949:2009 company.
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