Thank You Cove Member's.........
My intention was to receive a balanced view from all parts of the world with regard to my question. In part I have received that, which I thank you for.
I also thank you for your 'welcome messages'. It is great to feel part of a 'family' network that this site offer's.
Claes.... yes would do work with China by way of partnerships with our contract manufacturer's.
Primarily we look to work with manufacturer's that have ISO9001, ISO14000 and TS16949 as the majority of our customer base request this requirement. As and when we move into different market area's, we will work with our manufacturer's to achieve the additional approval's.
I agree with the comments regarding good, bad and indifferent Certification Bodies and it is not only the big gun's that are the best.
But, because we are so remote to begin with from our manufacturing source, initially we do look for this type of approved manufacturer because our customer's do prefer the likes of BSI, etc.
We then go deeper into the capabilities, processes, record's, training programmes, quality, etc, etc. As you can imagine this can take several month's but working with them ensure's they are not just paying 'lip service' to the approval.
We currently have six manufacturer's and they have been associated with 'us' for several years. When they fall over, we work with them to understand how and why and then put measures in place to ensure it is not repeated.
This then ensures complete understanding, trust and partnership between our manufacturer's, us and our customer's.
Again, thanks for your responses.