Ingeteam, an independent global supplier of electrical conversion equipment, announced that it received DNV GL’s “Shop Approval in Renewable Energy” certification for the wind converter manufacturing facility recently established by the company in the Tamil Nadu region. Ingeteam’s new facility is the first-ever wind converter factory to receive such a certificate in India. DNV GL’s Shop Approval is awarded upon successful completion of a comprehensive audit, and will enable Ingeteam to simplify the scope of subsequent quality inspections, or even, in some cases, exempt the company and its clients from audits for a period of three years.
DNV GL’s Shop Approval certification guarantees that a workshop operates within a high-standard manufacturing environment, and that adequate working procedures and methods are consistently deployed by qualified staff. It is independent from component, type or project certification and is always workshop specific. With this scheme, DNV GL offers next level certification and standardization, going beyond modules and elements to include all technical aspects laid down in standards and recommended practices.
“We are proud to be the very first manufacturer to receive this important certification for a wind converter manufacturing facility in India. It is a rigorous and wide-ranging audit that guarantees that Ingeteam manufactures products with an equal commitment to quality anywhere in the world. In addition, it will enable Ingeteam and its customers to deal with minimal DNV GL plant inspections for three years, thereby reducing the time and costs for any future equipment to be manufactured at our plant. It is a serious guarantee of manufacturing competitiveness that we are offering to customers,” explained Ion Etxarri Sangüesa, R&D Quality Team Leader of Ingeteam Wind Energy.
Ingeteam’s new Indian wind facility, built near Chennai, is poised to be a strategic manufacturing centre for Ingeteam’s business in India. It will enable the company to increase the supply of quality components to wind turbine manufacturers in this booming, and extremely competitive market. The 3,500 m² plant is equipped with state-of-the-art production technology and will manufacture electrical components following the same industry-leading standards and processes as Ingeteam’s other production facilities around the world.
“The scope of DNV GL’s Shop Approval standard goes well beyond the typical product certification. We are pleased to provide Ingeteam with this certificate, which is testament to their uncompromising commitment to quality in manufacturing processes”, concluded Kim Mørk, Executive Vice President, Renewables Certification at DNV GL.