Steloy Foundry has obtained International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) certification, a standard developed by the UNIFE Group (the Association of the European Rail Industry) to provide a transparent evaluation system for companies in the railway industry. The certification attests to the quality and reliability of Steloy’s finished, machined components for railway applications.
What is IRIS?
IRIS is an extension of the internationally recognized ISO 9001 quality standard but is specific to the railway industry. Companies have to undergo strict audits to pass the certification and surveillance audits will be conducted regularly within the validity period of the certification. In other words, the IRIS certification proves a certificated company’s rigid adhere to the standard. As a leading South African foundry, Steloy has been devoted to providing rolling stock components and castings to the rail engineering industry for railway applications with the highest quality, availability, and reliability, and this effort has been rewarded with the IRIS certification. Steloy’s partners and customers can rest assured that their Steloy products meet the extremely rigorous requirements in the railway industry and that Steloy will constantly improve its management, research, and development processes.
In the first quarter of 2015, Steloy achieved accreditation for both the ISO 14000 Environmental Management Standard and the OS 18000 Occupational Health and Safety standards, and the award of the IRIS certification has reinforced Steloy’s position as the best partner for the railway industry. The IRIS certification not only stands for top notch quality, but also helps Steloy partners save time and costs since they can directly use Steloy’s solutions to achieve higher safety, cost-effectiveness and quality of their railway appliances without undergoing additional qualifications.
What does the IRIS Certification mean for Steloy?
“The IRIS certification is confirmation that Steloy is structured and operated according to international standards for the production of safety critical parts for the Railway Industry,” Steloy CEO, Danie Slabbert. “This ensure sustainability of quality and service to an important industry sector in South Africa and internationally at this time.”