Bureau Veritas Launches Trim Manufacturing Quality Program for US Market

18/12/14

Bureau Veritas Launches Trim Manufacturing Quality Program for US Market

~ Supply chain solution improves quality & chemical safety whilst reducing total cost of quality ~

December 18, 2014, Hong Kong
- The commonly used model of testing total finished product, alongside factory audits and production inspections, to assess performance and compliance is a tried and tested model. However, repeated analytical testing on the same trim components across a range of styles can often mean testing the same component trim multiple times. This affects the whole supply chain, ultimately increasing the cost to the retailers and reducing the profit margin. To add to this, failures are found late in the production cycle at the product stage when it is difficult to make changes resulting in delayed time to market and higher risks of recalls and non-compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requirements in USA.

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, the supply chain quality management solutions leader, has launched its Trim Manufacturing Quality Program (TMQP) to address these very issues. By moving trim testing further upstream, failures can be corrected before final production, reducing the risk of recalls / non-compliance and saving time and cost. The backbone of the scheme is the auditing of trim suppliers/vendors through Bureau Veritas’ Factory Chemical Management System (FCMS) assessment service focused on assessing / improving the quality and chemical production controls of trim suppliers. The FCMS assessment, performed by specialist chemical assessors, verifies quality / chemical controls & management and facilitates transparency & traceability for ongoing compliance regards incoming chemicals that could affect the ‘qualified’ component. Bureau Veritas’ web based OneSource Product Technical Folder (PTF) is leveraged to manage the traceability offering both buyer and vendor options.

Lisa Bate, VP Americas and Global Key Account Management stated, “Our TMQP addresses the requirements of the CPSC Reasonable Testing Program and supports the time-to-market, quality, safety and cost needs of the supply chain. The scheme focuses on improving supply chain quality; reducing over-testing and spend as well as finding, and correcting, failures early on. Trim suppliers will receive an attestation that can be used with the many US buyers who support this approach. The attestation can also be used on all finished products / styles that use the same trim in endless combinations. Buyers will also benefit from a trusted supply chain, reduced risk and cost as well as enhanced quality.”


 

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