The QS 9000 standard was developed by the major automotive manufacturers to develop fundamental quality systems that would provide for continuous improvement, with an emphasis on a multi-disciplinary team approach aimed at defect prevention and reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain. Recognizing that this would affect manufacturers of semiconductor chips, Praxair MRC decided that it too, as a major supplier to this industry, needed to adopt this standard.

In October 1997 our Orangeburg, NY facility became QS 9000 certified and as a consequence the world's first sputtering target manufacturer with this award. Shortly afterwards in February 1998, the Toulouse, France facility also achieved QS 9000 and it is expected that our Ch'onan, Korea facility will similarly be certified in the next 12 months.

QS 9000 covers many aspects of a required quality system that are in addition to the elements found in ISO 9000. As such they are very demanding on an organization, but Praxair MRC believes that it is essential that they be followed in order to remain a leading supplier to the top tier accounts in the markets it serves.

Quality Systems at MRC Facilities
Analytical Laboratories
SPC Packages
Quality Partnerships with Customers
Quality Assurance Programs
Environment - ISO 14001