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Feintool Lyssís environmental management system certified to ISO 14001


9 May 2006, The Lyss-based Feintool Group, a leading technology and systems provider and a globally operating components supplier, has taken a long, hard look at environmental protection and industrial safety. The quality management system that was set up at the Groupís Lyss facilities as part of a pilot project has now been successfully certified to ISO 14001:2004.

Feintool has always been committed to environmental protection and industrial safety. Moreover, as the technology and market leader in its field it also has a duty as a role model. Consequently, Feintool not only sets the standards in quality management or apprentice training, it has always been a trailblazer as regards environmentally compatible metal and plastic disposal and recycling, and in the development of chlorine-free fineblanking lubricants.

Environmental policy at Feintool is closely linked to industrial safety and quality management and covers the entire range of complex production processes. Reviews are conducted at regular intervals, and there is an annual management review to ensure that the policy still achieves its purpose. Employees receive systematic training to encourage quality awareness. The ecological aspects of production and service processes are being constantly reappraised and improved. This ensures that resources are used as efficiently as possible and minimizes emissions. Alongside compliance with a raft of legislation, preventive safety is also a key area. Environmental criteria play an important role in the selection of partners and suppliers.

Under the leadership of Hans Gertsch, Head of Management Systems and Quality Assurance, Feintoolís facilities in Lyss underwent a thorough examination. As a result, modifications were made where appropriate and the companies were prepared for certification to ISO 14001:2004. All four companies were audited by the Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems over three days at the end of April. The successful outcome is testimony to the fact that environmental awareness is not only a formal part of the existing management system but is actively embraced in the daily work of the 350 people who work at Lyss.

Feintool is a leading technology and systems provider in fineblanking/forming and automation. It is also a global supplier of metal and plastic components.

Feintool operates throughout the world at the companyís own facilities in Switzerland (head office in Lyss), Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain, the United States, Japan, China and Thailand, where around 1800 employees are committed to customer satisfaction.


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