Source: Akebono Brake Industry announcement

TOKYO – Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. has announced that all of the four Japanese factories which lost its IATF 16949 certification earlier this year, has regained this status.

The company’s Akebono Brake Fukushima Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Akebono Brake Iwatsuki Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and Akebono Brake Sanyo Manufacturing Co., Ltd. most recently had the certifications for IATF 16949 reinstated.

The reinstatements followed ongoing audits conducted by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Limited (LRQA), the certification organization which had compiled the audits which led to the initial findings.

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IATF 16949 certification demonstrates that the company has met extensive requirements to create a process of continuous improvement with an emphasis on defect prevention and reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain.

Akebono’s announcement included the following message:

“This concludes the reinstatement of IATF 16949 certifications at all four of the Company’s manufacturing subsidiaries in Japan. The Company continues to make every effort towards reinstatement of ISO 9001 certifications at all four subsidiaries. The Company deeply apologizes to all its customers, suppliers, shareholders and other related parties for the great inconvenience and concern caused by this matter.”

About Akebono Brake Industry Co, Ltd.

Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. (TSE: 7238), founded in 1929, is a world leader in advanced brake and friction material development and production. The Akebono Group operates R&D centers and manufacturing facilities worldwide, including in Japan, the United States, Europe and Asia.

About Akebono Brake Corporation

Akebono Brake Corporation is a leading supplier of advanced braking systems and pioneer of ceramic friction technology.  A leader in ceramic friction material development and production, with a focus on noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), analysis and control.  Akebono sells ultra-premium ceramic disc brake pads made in the US. for the automotive aftermarket under the brands ProACT, EURO and Akebono Performance.