TÜV SÜD Industrie Service worked with TÜV SÜD PSB in Singapore to pave the way for launching the piping systems in South East Asia.
The international markets offer various possibilities of expansion and opportunities for growth to companies in the manufacturing sectors. However, manufacturers must fulfil the legal requirements in the specific country before they can place their industrial products on the markets in other continents. Given this, certificates, certification marks and proof of quality issued by independent third parties which demonstrate that products are in compliance with the country's legal requirements are imperative for approval and tendering procedures.
TÜV SÜD Industrie Service supported HOBAS Engineering GmbH in paving the way for the development of the market in South East Asia. The experts at the Institute for Plastics worked closely with their colleagues at TÜV SÜD PSB in Singapore, specifying the regional requirements for piping systems and their manufacturing processes, reviewing the relevant documentation and carrying out further tests. Under the lead management of TÜV SÜD PSB Singapore, the partners succeeded in bringing the certification procedure to a successful outcome. HOBAS Engineering GmbH located in Klagenfurt, Austria, develops, produces and markets piping systems made of glass-fibre reinforced plastics for municipal and industrial applications. Based on the certificate, which applies to a wide spectrum of the product range, the company can affix the certification mark of TÜV SÜD PSB Singapore to its products made in Wietersdorf and place them on the market in South East Asia.
International networking – the key to success
TÜV SÜD PSB Singapore, a 100 per cent subsidiary of TÜV SÜD AG with branch offices in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines, has been accredited by the Singapore Accreditation Council. The local experts in South East Asia researched the national requirements for the manufacturing of FRP pipes and commissioned the experts from TÜV SÜD Industrie Service to carry out the assessments in the HOBAS plant in Wietersdorf, Austria. Assessments focused on detailed auditing and evaluation of the company's quality assurance and quality control systems.
Apart from the above, certification was based on the various ISO standards governing FRP piping systems for potable water, sewage, irrigation and drainage and, in particular, jacking pipes. TÜV SÜD's experts carry out the required long-term tests directly at HOBAS in an outsourced testing laboratory for internal quality assurance and at TÜV SÜD's laboratory of the Institute for Plastics. The external TÜV SÜD experts ensure regular inspection and surveillance of the on-site equipment, methods and results. The long-term business relations between HOBAS and TÜV SÜD Industrie Service proved very advantageous in the certification procedure. "TÜV SÜD has supported our company as a third-party auditing, testing and certification organisation for over thirty years, so that we were able to use existing documents and test reports for this project", says Thomas Simoner, Head of Quality Management at HOBAS Group.