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Company News, 2012-06-19, 12:44 PM

ThyssenKrupp VDM obtains ASME certification

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) recently certified ThyssenKrupp VDM’s quality assurance system in accordance with international guidelines. ASME develops technical guidelines and standards for among other things pressure vessels and piping in the nuclear industry. The Quality System Certificate (QSC-671) confirms that ThyssenKrupp VDM is a reliable supplier of material for these applications.

The preparation for the certification lasted around one year, the detailed on-site audit then took a further week. “We are pleased that we passed the audit without any discrepancies,” explains Dr. Stephan Greimers, Head of Central Quality and Environment Management. The certificate is valid for three years; the ASME will review once a year without notice whether the guidelines are being complied with.

"The recognised certificate saves our customers considerable expense,” adds Dr. Greimers. Manufacturers of components that are used for example as piping inside a nuclear reactor have to have suppliers with QSC or undertake extensive audits themselves. The QSC certificate awarded by ASME completes the existing set of internationally accepted approvals for ThyssenKrupp VDM products for e.g. use in apparatus construction and the chemical industry with the most important seal for the nuclear industry. The latest certificate is very important to support ThyssenKrupp VDM to expand its position in particular in the growing Asian market.

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