I am new to the forum, but I have read lots of messages for 2 years now! It is a great place to share!
I work for a resin manufacturer (recycler) and we are QS-9000 certified since 1999. The company has got QS-9000 certification due to some pressure from GM. We are not a direct supplier to any OEMs, although GM had a tentative to buy material directly from companies like ours and re-sale it to molders. I am not sure of results, but I have not seen any direct orders from GM. We would like to get TS certification by June this year and I was wondering if your suggestion would be to go ISO only. We have never been requested a PPAP from any of the customers, we hardly do any APQP and for us is just a pain in the rear... There are lots of great ideas and advantages in using all the paperwork required, but only if we had the resources! My management wants TS as a new way of refreshing the QS, and they are all very excited about the process mapping and all that. They do not want to understand that all the other requirements are still there and even more regarding customer satisfaction, employee motivation and supplier certification.