Mazda de Mexico, the brand new Mexican site of one of the world leaders in the manufacturing of passenger cars and commercial vehicles, was certified by DQS de México according to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.
Just last year, the new Mazda plant in Mexico was inaugurated in Salamanca, Guanajuato. This new plant will produce up to 230,000 units of the Mazda3 and Mazda2 vehicles annually for export to North America, South America and Europe. Once it reaches full capacity in 2016, 4,600 employees are expected to work there.
In this sense, this site is not only vital for the car manufacturing giant with headquarters in Hiroshima: it is also an important employer for the Mexican market, and now also a significant customer of DQS de México.
In an interview we asked Mazda why they chose DQS as their certification partner, and what the experience of working with DQS was. Below, you can find an extract of their reply.
Why did you look for an ISO 14001 certification? Our target was and is to use natural resources and energy moderately. We had to fulfill legal requirements too. Furthermore, one of our objectives was to establish challenging targets and to implement the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle for Mazda to contribute to the development of local communities, as well as society in general, while striving for sustainable and profitable growth.
Why did you decide for DQS de México as your certification body? We received very good references about this certification body and it was also recommended by one of the environmental specialists of the company.
Do you think you received added value from being certified by DQS? We got information on maintaining and improving the management system during the audit, going beyond the detection of findings.
Generally, how was your experience with regards to the ISO 14001 certification from DQS? It was a difficult but rewarding process, full of learning and positive results.