COBA Plastics Ltd is delighted to announce that it has been awarded an ‘A’ rating during a recent audit undertaken by Volkswagen group. The 2 day visit saw all of COBA’s systems and processes come under intense scrutiny, as the visit sought to confirm that COBA’s working practices were up to the consistently high standards required by such prestigious brands as Bentley and Porsche.
As part of the audit, each area of our production process was analysed, from raw material administration through to final despatch. COBA’s IT systems were examined in order to demonstrate that the required standards in terms of stock accuracy and quality are consistently met. The visit provided an opportunity for COBA’s production, engineering and quality teams to demonstrate the plant’s cutting-edge technology and processes, as well as its ongoing drive to progress through innovation and modernisation.
One aspect of the COBA operation which particularly impressed the VW auditor was the standard of housekeeping and general cleanliness throughout the plant, from the factory floor right through to the warehouse and yard areas. Commenting on this, COBA’s quality manager Gary Wyatt stated ‘This has been very much a plant wide endeavour; the result of this audit matches the results of our own self-audit carried out by COBA’s Julian Oldham and Pete Williams’. European Sales Manager Nick Wood added ‘This is really good news and puts us in a very strong position’.
The endorsement from Volkswagen group comes at an exciting time for COBA as it rises to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing global automotive industry. A number of highly innovative new products have already been developed for some of the motor industry’s most acclaimed new vehicles, such as the new Vauxhall Opel Insignia, and more will follow over the coming months. COBA looks forward to further developing what is already a highly successful partnership with VW group during 2009 and beyond.