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PRO-TEC Coating Company Earns International Automotive Quality Recognition - ISO/TS 16949


SRI Quality System Registrar is pleased to announce that it has recently awarded an ISO/TS 16949 Quality Management System certificate and an ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System certificate to PRO-TEC Coating Company, a joint venture of United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) and Kobe Steel, Ltd., located in Leipsic, Ohio, for manufacture and distribution of coated steel products.

"SRI is pleased to acknowledge that PRO-TEC Coating Company has demonstrated effective implementation of a quality management system that satisfies the tough new auto standard: ISO/TS 16949," states Peter B. Lake, President of SRI, and longtime auto industry participant in issuing sanctioned interpretations for auto system requirements. "Their certification shows their automotive customers worldwide that PRO-TEC Coating Company is committed to being recognized as a long term supplier of quality goods and services."

ISO/TS 16949:2002 is an international Quality Management System automotive "sector-specific" technical specification based on ISO 9001:2000, QS-9000 and several other international automotive requirements. ISO/TS 16949:2002 was developed by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), in conjunction with the international standards community. This technical specification, when coupled with the applicable IATF customer-specific requirements, and IATF-specific auditing and qualification procedures, provides the basis for an IATF- recognized registrar such as SRI to certify PRO-TEC Coating Company.

SRI Quality System Registrar is an internationally accredited registrar for quality management systems standards, such as ISO 9001, QS-9000, AS9100, ISO/TS 16949, and environmental management systems standards such as ISO 14001. SRI also provides public training for auditing, implementing, and maintaining these standards.

SOURCE: PRO-TEC Coating Company

CONTACT: Christina Walther of PRO-TEC Coating Company, +1-419-943-1298,
or; or Wil Bennett, Jr. of SRI, +1-724-934-9000
Ext. 642, or

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