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Wednesday 8 May 2024

SBS Friction A/S

SBS Becomes IATF-Certified

Danish brakes manufacturer SBS Friction A/S has announced that it has achieved IATF 16949:2016 certification.

Developed by the International Automotive Task Force, IATF 16949 certification is a mandatory industry requirement that aligns automotive quality management systems throughout the world. Obtaining the IATF 16949 certification demonstrates that a 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.

As a Tier-1 and Tier-2 supplier of high-performance brake pads for OEM and aftermarket brake pads for motorcycles, scooters and side-by-side vehicles, today the certification builds on top of the company’s already existing ISO 90001 certification and will be complementary to the ECE R90 certification. 

"The certification has been implemented to improve workflow processes and confirm the brake manufacturer's continued commitment to producing best-of-industry quality brake products for OEM and aftermarket and enable expansion of its business activities therein and production efficiency," says leading Quality Manager at SBS, Gitte Hviid Larsen.

"With our ECE R90 and ISO 90001 certifications, we already work daily to ensure high quality and reliability for motorcycle riders and customers all over the world. The IATF certification is required by many industrial OEM vehicle manufacturers, and we are now in a better position to service these from the SBS production facility in Denmark, together with the rest of the Brembo Group.

SBS Obtains ISO 50001 Energy Management Certification

SBS Friction has marked another stage on its path towards becoming the first fossil-free production factory in the motorcycle industry. 

Granted the prestigious ISO 50001 Certification for Energy Management, after a comprehensive audit of the company’s energy management system was able to confirm that all aspects of the company’s operations comply with the standard's best practices.

"This achievement is a significant sign that SBS is turning energy into inspiration and becoming a solutions provider," said SBS Technical Manager Jan Reinholdt Mohrdrieck.

"Following a progressive sustainability plan, we aim to be at the forefront of innovation when it comes to optimizing the way we work, the products we offer and the impact we make."

SBS says its energy management system comprises several energy-efficient initiatives, including the installation of a new cooling system that can reuse the excess heat from the production ovens to heat the building, and the transition from gas to electricity utility usage in production.

"The ISO 50001 Energy Management certification will be compatible and harmonized with our ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certifications, benefitting the workflows we have throughout our facility. This also backs up our industry-first introduction of the SBS 'Better Brakes' transition. 

"This has given us an improved ability to monitor and manage our energy consumption, not only for the environmental benefit it delivers, but also for the benefit of the company’s operational cost structure."