South Africa

Cable manufacturer saves R1.5 million per year

Cable manufacturer saves R1.5 million per year

Aberdare Cables, a member of the Powertech Group, is an African cable manufacturer. The company manufactures an extensive range of electrical cables for application in power generation, transmission and distribution; infrastructure (rail, ports, and airports); petrochemical; mining as well as building and construction. The company decided to implement an Energy Management System at its Standford […]


Toyota (South Africa) saves US$360k with ISO 50001

Toyota (South Africa) saves US$360k with ISO 50001

The implementation of an Energy Management System (EnMS) at Toyota SA resulted in a reduction in electricity usage which has translated into cost-savings of more than R4.8 million over a two-year period. The company also generated energy savings of GWh 8.15 across its 14 plants, and reduced its GHG emissions by 7,804 tons. Further information […]


Steel Company saves USD 7.6m in year 1 with ISO 50001

Steel Company saves USD 7.6m in year 1 with ISO 50001

ArcelorMittal Saldanha Works is part of the South African steel industry, producing Hot Rolled Coil (HRC) steel products in Saldanha Bay, located on the West Coast of South Africa. Rising electricity and energy prices combined with the global and South African economic downturn have impacted on the plant’s competitiveness, while at the same time the […]


Standards contribute ZAR 147.5 million (USD 19.8 million) annually for cement producer

Standards contribute ZAR 147.5 million (USD 19.8 million) annually for cement producer

Pretoria Portland Cement Company of South Africa, calculated an annual total financial impact of standards on total revenue at 2.5%, based on savings in R&D, procurement, production / operations and sales and marketing functions. It also calculated a 12% reduction in time used to negotiate contractual agreements as a result of implementing standards in the […]


247% return on ISO 50001 certification for Standard Bank

247% return on ISO 50001 certification for Standard Bank

The Standard Bank Global Leadership Centre became Africa’s first ISO50001 certified commercial facility. The rising cost of energy and growing consumption levels led the bank to seek ways of managing their energy performance. Accredited certification enable the business to improve its energy performance by 10.9%, leading to cost savings of $64,500. The cost to implement the […]


ISO 9001 certification used as a measure in Global Innovation Index

ISO 9001 certification used as a measure in Global Innovation Index

The Global Innovation Index (GII) provides detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 127 countries and economies around the world. The index is the result of a collaboration between Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The GII has gained international recognition, establishing itself as both a leading reference on innovation and […]


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.  


Intrer-governmental agency promotes use of quality infrastructure to make renewable energy investment decisions

Intrer-governmental agency promotes use of quality infrastructure to make renewable energy investment decisions

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. It has published a summary document for policy […]


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 […]


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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