C&K, one of the world’s most trusted brands of high-quality electromechanical switches, today announced that all of its global facilities have received International Automotive Task Force (IATF) 16949 certification. C&K’s Dole (France) location was the first to achieve certification, with the company’s Huizhou (China) and Newton (Mass., U.S.) locations following closely thereafter.
IATF 16949 emphasizes the development of a process-oriented quality management system – one that provides for continual improvement, defect prevention and reduction of variation and waste in the automotive industry supply chain. With today’s news, C&K shows its commitment to this system and the benefits it can provide its partners and customers.
“The realities of today’s automotive industry are forcing automakers to be more efficient in how they produce parts and vehicles; however, at the same time, they have to make sure nothing is lost in terms of quality and performance,” said Jerome Brochot, global quality director, C&K. “C&K is one of the first – and only – electromechanical switch companies in the world to have committed itself to this new standard. We are committed to providing our partners with the reliable, cost-effective and high-performing solutions they need to power the next generation of vehicles.”
Based off of ISO/TS 16949, one of the automotive industry’s most widely used international standards for quality management, IATF 16949 recently replaced ISO/TS 16949 as the new, global industry standard.
Founded in 1928, C&K is one of the world’s most trusted brands of high-quality electromechanical switches. The company’s unmatched custom design capabilities are recognized globally by design engineers who demand reliable switch performance. C&K offers more than 55,000 standard products and 8.5 million switch combinations to companies that design, manufacture and distribute electronics products. Used in automotive, industrial, IoT, wearables, medical, telecom, consumer products, aerospace, and POS terminals, C&K products include tactile, pushbutton, snap-acting, toggle, rocker, detect, DIP, keyswitch, navigation, rotary, slide, switchlock, thumbwheel, smart card readers, high-rel connectors and custom assemblies. C&K is headquartered in Newton, Mass. with global design centers in Newton Mass., Dole France, and Huizhou China. For more information, please visit www.ckswitches.com or connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.