Canada

Gold Mine improves energy performance by 11.4%

Gold Mine improves energy performance by 11.4%

New Gold ‘s New Afton copper-gold mine and concentrator plant is located approximately 350 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia. Energy is the second biggest expense (after labour) accounting for 13% of total annual operational expense in 2015. An improvement in energy performance is one of the areas in which a significant increase in profitability […]


$3.2m annual cost savings for paper manufacturer

$3.2m annual cost savings for paper manufacturer

Catalyst Paper manufactures diverse paper products such as industrial packaging, food service, coated and uncoated groundwood, newsprint, directory, and market pulp. Customers include retailers, publishers and commercial printers in North America, Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe. The company set a target to reduce electricity consumption by 3%, and adopted ISO 50001 as a […]


Furniture manufacturer reduces energy consumption by 5% per unit.

Furniture manufacturer reduces energy consumption by 5% per unit.

Global Wood Concepts Ltd. is a Toronto-based company that designs and manufactures high-quality office furniture for standard and custom installations. Established in 1986, it ships about 700 units per day to customers across Canada and the United States. Since the company achieved ISO 50001 accredited certification, it has realised significant energy savings across several energy […]


Chrysler saves over $2m with accredited certification (ISO 50001)

Chrysler saves over $2m with accredited certification (ISO 50001)

Chrysler, the US car manufacturer, achieved accredited certification to ISO 50001 at its Brampton assembly plant in Canada. The driver for certification was to improve environmental performance and to cut energy costs. The plant has achieved savings of over $2 million, including $110,000 in annual electricity costs through lighting control systems, and almost $2 million […]


IBM plant cuts energy consumption by 9.2% and saves CAD$550,000 per year

IBM plant cuts energy consumption by 9.2% and saves CAD$550,000 per year

The Bromont plant, located 80 kilometres east of Montréal, is IBM’s largest semiconductor assembly and testing facility and its only manufacturing plant in Canada. By adopting accredited certification to ISO 50001, IBM Bromont achieved 9.2% energy conservation and saved CAD $550,000 in 2013. The plant averaged an annual reduction in total energy use of more […]


Welding wire and manufacturing plant cuts energy consumption by 22%

Welding wire and manufacturing plant cuts energy consumption by 22%

The Lincoln Electric Company of Canada, a large multinational employing over 10,000 staff, has a Welding wire and manufacturing plant in Toronto, Ontario. The plant has three divisions housed in one facility, each with different energy needs. Two divisions produce steel welding wire, and the third makes industrial welding machines. Lincoln Electric sells diesel-driven DC […]


ISO 50001 saves cement plant in Canada $2,071,309

ISO 50001 saves cement plant in Canada $2,071,309

St Marys Cement, a division of Votorantim Cimentos, a Brazilian company and one of world’s top 10 cement producers, implemented ISO 50001 to improve the management of its energy consumption. In the first full year after ISO 50001 certification, one of its plants was able to produce 117,840 equivalent tons more product than during the previous year […]


The Correlation between the number of accredited laboratories and domestic GDP (January 2017)

The Correlation between the number of accredited laboratories and domestic GDP (January 2017)

A study has been carried out by the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul to investigate the correlation between gross domestic product and the total number of accredited laboratories in North, Central and South America. It concluded that there is a strong positive correlation between the total number of accredited laboratories and the gross […]


Does ISO 9001 pay? – An analysis of 42 studies

Does ISO 9001 pay? – An analysis of 42 studies

This article, written by Basak Manders and Henk J. de Vries from the Rotterdam School of Management Erasmus University, summarises key results from 42 scientific studies showing that implementing ISO 9001 does enhance financial performance. The researchers looked at financial indicators such as return on assets, sales, investment and equity, and profit margin, profitability, increased […]


Mutual recognition of certification has significant effect on trade in the food, beverage and tobacco industry

Mutual recognition of certification has significant effect on trade in the food, beverage and tobacco industry

The authors examine how third party certification with quality management standards and mutual recognition of certification through international agreements of accreditation bodies creates trust between trading partners and increases bilateral trade. They focus on the food, beverage and tobacco industry and use augmented gravity models for the 2000-2008 period. Their results show that quality management […]


Exploring business benefits of internationally recognized certifications

Exploring business benefits of internationally recognized certifications

The authors base their paper on data from a global company survey of certified companies carried out by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) in 2010/11. They use multivariate Probit and ordered Probit models to analyze how company internal and external factors influence the perception of benefits from accredited certification. Benefits from accredited certification are divided […]


Third party accredited certification support product safety

Third party accredited certification support product safety

A Europe-wide study conducted by the International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA) has revealed that nearly 80% of products tested bearing the CE Mark through self-declaration of conformity (SDoC) did not comply with EU Regulations. The survey also found that 16% of products showed safety-critical failures, resulting in a high risk of shock or fire. […]


Comprehensive literature review of 82 scientific studies shows clear benefits of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Comprehensive literature review of 82 scientific studies shows clear benefits of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

A comprehensive literature review of 82 scientific studies relating to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 (Tari, Molina-Azorin and Heras, 2012) concludes that both management system standards provide clear benefits on operational. people and customer performance. Download a copy of the review.  


ISO Economic Benefits of Standards

ISO Economic Benefits of Standards

This publication is intended to assist businesses and individuals to demonstrate the tangible benefits that standards bring to organisations – and, more generally, to citizens and society, by: Highlighting how standards create value for the organizations that use them, and how we calculate the value of standards, and Providing factsheets of case studies that quantify […]


Standards for SMEs

Standards for SMEs

This video, produced by CEN/CENELEC, shows how standards can help SMEs. The video can be viewed on YouTube.


What’s the bottom line?

What’s the bottom line?

This ISO publication sets out how standards provide solutions and achieve benefits for almost all sectors, including agriculture, construction, mechanical engineering, manufacturing, distribution, transport, healthcare, ICT, the environment, and energy. The publication includes external data that demonstrates the impact of standards on certain industries: According to the Canberra-based Centre of International Economics, a sampling of […]


Accredited Proficiency Testing laboratories perform better

Accredited Proficiency Testing laboratories perform better

A study conducted by CALA, a Canadian Accreditation body, carried out comparisons between accredited and non-accredited laboratories providing results to a CALA proficiency testing (PT) programme. The data involved  inorganic tests, organic tests and microbiological tests. In all cases examined, the percentage of both ‘Questionable’ and ‘Unsatisfactory’ performance was higher for non-accredited laboratories than for accredited […]


What ISO standards can do for you as an SME

What ISO standards can do for you as an SME

As a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) looking to expand your business, this ISO brochure shows you how ISO International Standards can enhance your business as they have done for thousands of other small enterprises before you.


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