30 years Quality Business at Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik
First DQS customer HBM has reason to celebrate
It was on 28 August 1986 that DQS issued their first certificate “000001” to the first German company, Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik (HBM), an international company headquartered in Darmstadt. At the time, it was based on a draft of the ISO 9001 standard - the final standard having been approved by the global ISO committee only at the beginning of 1987. Not to mention the German version, which followed even later.
30 years later, DQS Managing Director Frank Graichen presented HBM with an honorary certificate to commemorate this particular pioneering achievement (from left: Manuel Lopez (DQS), Thomas Kohl and Hans W. Werner (both HBM), Dr. Dieter Stadler and Frank Graichen (both DQS). “Your company was courageous enough to undertake the fascinating journey towards quality management at a time when the German industry was still skeptically watching the development. DQS is proud and grateful to have been able to partner HBM on this journey.”
Meanwhile, increasing auditing experience of all parties involved has changed the way the company benefits: "The switch to focused and distinctly more open interaction - away from formal inspection toward coaching for a continuous process of change - has provided many useful ideas," states Andreas Hüllhorst, HBM CEO, on their website. One thing has become obvious: "Certification has supported us in establishing HBM as the market leader and as a synonym for high-quality precision measurement technology."
Over one million companies worldwide are using the ISO 9001 quality management standard today