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Volume 7 · Issue 8 · August 2002

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DaimlerChrysler Sets July 2004 Tier 1 Deadline

Four months after ISO/TS 16949:2002 was published and just before the release of a joint letter from the Big Three stating that the TS will replace QS-9000 in December 2006, DaimlerChrysler issued a letter requiring its suppliers worldwide to transition to ISO/TS 16949:2002 by July 1, 2004. The deadline affects 3,000 QS-9000-registered Tier 1 suppliers to the Chrysler Group and suppliers to those Tier 1s, which will need to obtain ISO 9001:2000 registration. While Russ Hopkins confirms that Ford’s suppliers have between now and December 2006 to transition, Hank Gryn discusses the reasons for DaimlerChrysler’s early deadline, what the mandate means for suppliers and the impact TS 16949 will have on registration. Copies of the DaimlerChrysler and joint Big Three letters are included.