LAHORE -  The cement industry, which is producing high quality products with huge export potential, can further become cost effective by implementing international efficient quality management systems including the ISO 9001, which is also the world’s best-known quality management standard and the most widely used leadership model, based on a philosophy of continuous improvement.

This was observed by Rashid Mehr, CEO TUV Austria BIC, during a ceremony to award ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Certification to a cement company. Addressing the ceremony, Rashid Mehr said that cement sector’s high growth is expected due to strong revival in real-estate sector and return of various local and international developers like UAE’s Emaar.

“An ISO 9001 certificate indicates that your company is functioning effectively in a systematic and customer-oriented way. Yearly audits function as the basis for further development and keep the certificate valid,” he said. He said that TUV Austria BIC has ambitions to modernize QMS facilities in Pakistan, which currently lack the international quality standards.

He observed that the cement company has also been granted ISO 14001-Environmental Management system by TUV Austria BIC. The company has been associated with TUV Austria’s Certification since 2008. He informed that TÜV Austria Group, serving customers in more than 300 areas of expertise, has also awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Certification to several cement companies in Pakistan.

The TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification CEO also stressed the need for human resource development on contemporary corporate and governmental organizations. He said that an organization cannot survive in this competitive business environment without optimum development of human resource and subsequent capacity building. He said that TUV firmly believes in better human resource development for achieving goals.