Soitec Earns New Manufacturing Certifications
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Author: CompoundSemi News Staff
March 26, 2012... Soitec of Bernin, France, a maker of silicon-on-insulator semiconductor technology, has earned new certifications from the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS).
Based on its most recent audit conducted at the end of 2011, LRQA (Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance) has awarded: ISO/TS 16949 certification to Soitec’s semiconductor material operations in France at its Bernin and Paris Sud facilities, both of which demonstrated full compliance on their initial audits. The company’s Singapore factory also achieved this compliance, so Soitec will now use the ISO/TS 16949 standard – which is more specific and stringent than the ISO 9001 standard – as the basis of its worldwide quality-management system.
Soitec’s solar facility in Freiburg, Germany, where the company manufactures its concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems. ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification. The OHSAS 18001 health and safety certification was given to Soitec’s Paris Sud facilities. Therefore, all of the company’s semiconductor material operations are in compliance with OHSAS 18001. By the end of 2012, the company hopes to extend these protocols to its solar module facility in Freiburg.
Paul Boudre, chief operating officer of Soitec stated, “Our fully integrated quality, safety, health and environmental management system is focused on ensuring the superior quality and reliability of our products as well as maintaining our best practices to deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction. ”
Soitec aims to gain ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications next year and OHSAS 18001 compliance by 2014 at its newest manufacturing solarplant in San Diego, California.
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