Enthone, Inc. recently hosted a comprehensive one-day training session on the recently re-issued Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) CQI-11 Plating System Assessment, Second Edition. Enthone Automotive Industry Managers, Linda Wing and Richard Lynch chaired the training session. Ms. Wing was also a member of the AIAG CQI-11 technical committee.

Over the last decade, the Continual Quality Improvement (CQI) assessment has become an industry benchmark that is extensively employed by component coating applicators to assess their suppliers, with the key objective of defect prevention and reduction, and supply chain optimization. Furthermore, major automotive OEMs require compliance with CQI guidelines.

The training was conducted by a trio of industry experts who were all active members of the AIAG technical committee that issued the second edition. Mr. Ron Lash, CQI-11 technical committee chairman and a retired senior engineer for Chrysler, detailed the document changes. Ms. Elizabeth Hanna, a Six Sigma master black belt and ASQ quality engineer, provided her experiences with supplier assessment as a quality manager. Mr. Jeff Szotek, a plating and surface finishing specialist with Chrysler, provided an OEM’s perspective and expectations for supplier use of the CQI-11 assessment, as well as the influence of the assessment on future specifications. More than 50 OEMs and tier suppliers participated in the training program.

About Enthone
Enthone Inc. is a global and leading supplier of high-performance specialty chemicals and coatings. A Cookson Group plc company, Enthone creates customer value by providing innovative and cost-effective technology solutions to the automotive, building hardware, energy, aerospace, jewelry, industrial finishes, printed circuit board and semiconductor industries. For more information, please visit enthone.com.