On January 1, 2016, Quality Austria as an accredited Certification Body awarded the international label for sustainable timber management, FSC® CoC (Forest Stewardship Council® Chain of Custody), to the Schweighofer Group. This company group, which is leading in wood processing industry and has seven production companies and two trading companies in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and Rumania, has been certified successfully. Thus compliance with comprehensive FSC® CoC Standards has been acknowledged. Internal rules go beyond the requirements of the FSC Controlled Wood Standard.
The European Organization for Quality (EOQ) has celebrated the recipients of the EOQ presidential Georges Borel Awards at the EOQ Presidential Meeting, in Athens/Greece on June 10th, 2015. And EOQ has celebrated the winner of the European Quality Leader Award 2014 at the 59th EOQ Congress, in Athens/Greece on June 11th, 2015.
On the occasion of this year’s World Quality Day (13th of November) and the World Quality Week from 10th to 16th of November 2014, Quality Austria Training, Certification and Evaluation GmbH takes stock of this year and gives an outlook on future trends and developments. At the beginning of the year, more than 1.1 million companies were certified acc. to ISO 9001 worldwide – this means an increase of 3 per cent as compared to the previous year. Austria could also boast a growth in the number of companies certified from 4562 to 4637.
700 General Managers and Quality Experts from Austria and abroad followed Quality Austria’s invitation to the traditional qualityaustria Forum in Salzburg. Once again the focus was on quality as an economic success criterion. In his keynote, Markus Hengstschläger showed how the lessons he had learned about the “trap called average” could be applied to organizations. The conclusion: The USP and hard work help organizations to reach a cumulative flow state that will make them fit for the future.
At the Department of Technology and Natural Sciences of JKU (Johannes Kepler University) Linz, an “Institute for Integrated Quality Design” with an interdisciplinary approach will be established. This is the only research institution of this kind all over Austria. It takes account of the fact that the factor of quality also is becoming more and more relevant in Austrian trade and industry. Quality Austria and the Province of Upper Austria guarantee funding for the first five years. In late February, tenders for the endowed chair will be invited. In early 2015, the Institute is to start its operations.