Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Wabtec unit receives IRIS certification

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Wabtec Corp.'s Wabtec Passenger Transit unit in Spartanburg, S.C., has received International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) Certification from UNIFE, the Association of the European Rail Industry. The certification, based on ISO 9001, was created to establish global quality standards for the rail industry. IRIS certification is intended to promote overall quality improvementand customer satisfaction by establishing consistent standards andprocesses. To become certified, companies must pass an initialevaluation and then subsequent audits by the IRIS board.

wabtec-corp.jpg“Achieving IRIS certification is an important step in our efforts to expand globally,” said Wabtec President and CEO Albert J. Neupaver. “We congratulate the Wabtec Passenger Transit team for their accomplishment, which is a distinction earned by very few U.S. rail suppliers.”

Wabtec noted that several of its European-based units previously received IRIS certification, "and other U.S.-based units expect to do so in the future."