International Standards are "€œimportant management tools"€, says Kia Motors Chairman and CEO

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"For a company like Kia, with 80 % of our sales volume outside of Korea, International Standards are among the most important management tools at our disposal," says Vice Chairman & CEO of Kia Motors Corporation Hyoung-Keun Lee in an exclusive interview in the September 2012 issue of ISO Focus+, the magazine of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

"They [International Standards] enable us to achieve the integration of work carried out in diverse Kia locations, including nine manufacturing operations in five countries, and to comply with the national criteria in the 149 markets in which we sell our products," he says.

The Kia Motors executive is among the numerous stories featured in the September issue of ISO Focus+, dedicated to the theme of World Standards Day (WSD) 2012, "Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency".

A portfolio of articles showcases concrete examples of how specific sectors use standards to increase efficiency. For example, environmental management not only promotes sustainability, but increases profits by reducing unnecessary waste. Without standards enabling communication, bank transactions and technical interoperability, we could not have efficient payment cards that work everywhere in the world.

International Standards share best practice so that organizations do not reinvent the wheel. They help reduce waste. They increase interoperability and compatibility. They facilitate market access for innovations and empower companies to compete globally. For example, standards are facilitating the effective development and growth of innovative technology for additive manufacturing.

Other examples covered in the September issue include industrial automation, supply chain security and project management.

The issue also features case studies of companies benefitting from international standards in:

  • Brazil (Festo)
  • China (Xinxing Ductile Iron Pipes)
  • South Africa (ISO 50001 energy management)

This year marks the 25th anniversary of ISO 9000 on quality management systems. An article looks ahead into the next quarter century and what the future may bring for ISO 9000.

WSD is celebrated every year on 14 October to recognize the efforts of the experts who develop International Standards, and to raise awareness about their benefits. Organized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), WSD 2012 aims to draw attention to the important role that standards play in increasing efficiency.

ISO Focus+, 8/2012

ISO Focus+, September 2012

Less waste, better results