Soitec earns new ISO/TS, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Certifications for its Global Quality, Safety and Environment Management Systems
Bernin, France, March 21, 2012 – Soitec (Euronext), a world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials for the electronics and energy industries, has further enhanced its profile as a world-class, large-scale manufacturer focused on being the best possible partner to its customers by earning new certifications from the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS).
Soitec’s customer base includes global microelectronics and energy leaders located on five continents. All of Soitec’s operational sites worldwide – including its state-of-the-art semiconductor material and solar module factories− in France, Germany and Singapore, now meet ISO quality and environmental requirements.
As the result of the most recent audit conducted at the end of 2011, LRQA (Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance) has awarded:
ISO/TS 16949 certification to Soitec’s semiconductor material operations in France at its Bernin and Paris Sud facilities, both of which demonstrated full compliance on their initial audits. The company’s Singapore factory also achieved this compliance, so Soitec will now use the ISO/TS 16949 standard – which is more specific and stringent than the ISO 9001 standard – as the basis of its worldwide quality-management system.
ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification to Soitec’s solar facility in Freiburg, Germany, where the company manufactures its concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems.
OHSAS 18001 health and safety certification to Soitec’s Paris Sud facilities. Therefore, all of the company’s semiconductor material operations are in compliance with OHSAS 18001. The company is now working to extend these protocols to its solar module facility located in Freiburg by the end of 2012.
“Soitec’s corporate culture embodies continuous improvement,” said Paul Boudre, chief operating officer of Soitec. “Our fully integrated quality, safety, health and environmental management system is focused on ensuring the superior quality and reliability of our products as well as maintaining our best practices to deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Our employees’ dedication to this company-wide initiative ensures Soitec’s ability to anticipate and meet our customers’ diverse requirements in both the electronics and energy markets.”
Soitec’s newest manufacturing solarplant in San Diego, California, is currently being refitted to produce CPV modules for the U.S. renewable-energy market. This facility aims to gain ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications next year and OHSAS 18001 compliance by 2014.
Soitec is an international manufacturing company, a world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials at the frontier of the most exciting energy and electronic challenges. Soitec’s products include substrates for microelectronics (most notably SOI : Silicon-on-Insulator) and concentrating photovoltaic systems (CPV). The company’s core technologies are Smart Cut™, Smart Stacking™ and Concentrix™, as well as expertise in epitaxy. Applications include consumer and mobile electronics, microelectronics-driven IT, telecommunications, automotive electronics, lighting products and solar power plants for large-scale utilities. Soitec has manufacturing plants and R&D centers in France, Singapore, Germany, and the United States.
For more information, visit www.soitec.com.