News flash: Naledi Ringrollers awarded IRIS certification
DQS South Africa is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of Naledi Ringrollers “IRIS” (International Railway Industry Standard) Certification. This certification cements Naledi Ringrollers as a Quality player in a global arena, and a proudly South African company with internationally accepted quality process, giving them an international playing field with endless growth possibilities.
Ringrollers was originally situated in Selection Park in the town of Springs, 50km east of Johannesburg, South Africa, and was opened in 1972, in 2012 the company relocated to the town of Vereeniging approximately 60km south of Johannesburg.
The company was purchased by the Metkor Group in 1976, became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dorbyl Heavy Engineering (Pty) Ltd in 1992 and Dorbyl Ltd in 1995, in December 2002 the company was subject to a management buy-out which resulted in a name change to DCD-DORBYL (Pty) Ltd. The company was purchased by Investec in 2008 without any name changes. In 2012 the company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of DCD Group (Pty) Ltd.
The company was purchased by the Naledi Inhlanganiso Group in June 2018.
Naledi Ringrollers is one of the largest forging companies in the Southern hemisphere, with the most powerful and technologically advanced manufacturing facility on the African continent. Naledi Ringrollers focusses on the manufacturing of railway tyres, wheels and wheelsets, seamless rings, forgings and flanges, with an input weight of up to 5 tons and a diameter of up to size 4.5 meter.
More than half of manufactured products are exported globally to more than 40 countries across all continents with the balance consumed in the local railway and industrial markets.
Supplying competitive quality through internal process improvements and investments in modern technology to reduce cost. Expanding their product range to include the largest forging components possible and ensuring prompt, efficient customer service.
The Naledi Ringrollers methodology of working closely with customers provides cost-effective solutions that deliver real benefit and value. Backed by a highly skilled and experienced engineering team and staff, they provide support through research and development initiatives that support individual customers requirements.
About the IRIS standard ISO/TS 22163:2017
The global growth potential of rail traffic and the distribution of the market among its participants is determined by three factors: Innovation. Safety. Quality. Whether you are a railway operator, manufacturer of railway vehicles or supplier of the railway industry, you’ll find the international IRIS standard to be a valuable support in decisive subject areas: qualification of your company for project and series management for railway vehicle manufacturing, effectiveness and efficiency of your company processes, and continuous development of product and service characteristics.
Quality seal for products and business processes
With the development of the IRIS standard, its creators – the Association of the European Rail Industry UNIFE, as well as leading railway manufacturers – have summarized all essential requirements of this sector. First of all, IRIS is characterized by quality management, according to ISO 9001. Substantial supplements are, among others, sector-specific criteria such as product-specific safety strategy, type series and project management, reliability, availability and life cycle costs in operation. On the way to certification, a fully developed list of questions on your management system serves as a guideline for internal audits. This ensures that all participants work efficiently and effectively on one task: controlled and capable processes for more safety on railways.