IATF 16949 Certification Restored for One Akebono Japanese Plant

Source: Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. announcement

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

The company’s Akebono Brake Yamagata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. facility has had this certification reinstated following 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.

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.

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The company’s announcement:

As disclosed in the “Announcement Regarding Results of ISO 9001/IATF 16949 Certification Audit” on April 9, 2021, Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd. and its four manufacturing subsidiaries in Japan received notification on April 9, 2021 from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Limited (LRQA), a certification organization, regarding the withdrawal of IATF 16949 and ISO 9001 certifications as a result of inappropriate conduct that occurred within periodic inspection reports submitted to Japanese automakers.

The company hereby announces that as a result of ongoing audits conducted by LRQA following the withdrawal of certifications, one of the Company’s four Japanese manufacturing subsidiaries, Akebono Brake Yamagata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., has had the certification for IATF 16949 reinstated as disclosed below.

The Company continues to make every effort towards reinstatement of the IATF 16949 certifications of its three other Japanese manufacturing subsidiaries: Akebono Brake Fukushima Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Akebono Brake Iwatsuki Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and Akebono Brake Sanyo Manufacturing Co., Ltd., as well as the reinstatement of ISO 9001 certifications of 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.

1.   Notice Details

IATF 16949 certification

OrganizationCertificationApproval numberScope of approval
Akebono Brake Yamagata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.IATF 16949:20160066524-008Design and manufacture of disc pads

Text Box: 12.   Receiving Date of Notice
August 26, 2021

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