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Quality & Reliability

Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation (AKM) adopts the following policy and system about the quality and reliability assurance by providing customer-satisfied products and quality supports.

In the quality policy below, we have clarified our commitment and determination to put efforts into activities that are considerate to quality and to the environment.

  • It shall be – our mission to create new value for our customers at all times that provides competitive differentiation
  • It shall be – our responsibility to provide worldwide customers with products conforming to statutory and regulatory, as well as customer requirements
  • It shall be – our action to consider quality and environment for every job, and to make continual improvements among personnel – from site workers to top management

AKM Group is continually implementing quality maintenance and improvement activities with the aim of providing a stable supply of defect-free products over a long period of time through a full consideration of product applications, usage environments, and other factors, as well as a full consideration of safety assurances.

Our products for automotive applications are developed and manufactured in a process that satisfies the requirements of IATF16949. The plants that are contracted out for manufacturing are selected and managed on the condition that they are certified for IATF16949 as a rule. Many of our automotive products comply with the strict standards of the American Electronic Components Council (AEC) AEC Q100/101.

Environment

Substances that have a harmful effect on the environment should not be spread into the environment during manufacturing activities. They must also not be spread into the environment via products. AKM has clarified the “substances whose use is prohibited by laws and regulations”, the “environmentally hazardous substances”, the “substances that are inappropriate in corporate ethics” and the “substances which the customer demands be controlled” and we manage these substances carefully so that they are not included in products or packaging materials. Also, we quickly collect the information on “chemical substances, etc., for which information must be communicated” through the supply chain and actively work at information disclosure and communication with our customers. As a global company, AKM complies with the guidelines in each industry around the world. Semiconductor devices use various substances due to their characteristic properties. We avoid the use of environmentally hazardous substances as much as is possible, but when the use of such substances is unavoidable for required device characteristics, we clearly indicate their existence and work to manage them appropriately.

Restrictions on chemical substances in Japan are determined by regulations such as the Law Concerning the Examination and Regulation of Manufacture, etc. of Chemical Substances, the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, the Industrial Safety and Health Act and the Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act. Recently, there have been international directives and regulations that restrict usage and prohibit inclusion of hazardous substances, within the European Union (EU) by directive of the European Parliament’s Council of the European Union. Products that do not comply with the EU restrictions cannot be sold within the EU countries. Strict regulations of the EU such as RoHS and REACH are required by the European Commission.

Substances that have an impact on the environment must not be included, not just in products, but also in the raw materials used for manufacturing and in the materials related to distribution. At AKM, we have created guidelines for the management of chemical substances, and carry out that management to ensure that environmentally hazardous substances are not included in products (including samples) or in packaging materials.

We have also defined environmentally hazardous substances with standard values for them and we have clarified three categories for the materials that make up products and packaging materials:

1) Substances subject to laws and regulations in Japan and overseas such as RoHS or the Law Concerning the Examination and Regulation of Manufacture, etc. of Chemical Substances.

2) Standards applied to products that are halogen-free

3) SVHC (*1) candidate substances for REACH

Of these substance regulations, 1) and 2) are prohibited for intentional use (*2).

Also, in 3), substances are monitored if they are intentionally included in the product at more than 0.1 wt%.

(*1) SVHC: Substance of Very High Concern

(*2) “Unintentional use” is only applied to impurities that are unavoidably included due to the manufacturing methods.

In addition to the internal standards at AKM, when requested to, we also investigate support for standards and regulations at the customer site or in the various countries, regions and industries. We also respond to various inquiries regarding product environments (customer specified forms, chemSHERPA, JAPIA/IMDS, constituent tables, certificates of non-use, etc.), so contact our sales staff with any specific requests.

About Documents Related to the Environment

Upon customer request, AKM provides any documents related to environment such as substance information included in the material. These documents shown as examples below depend on customer request or contract.

Please contact AKM if you request on any documents.

Compliance with International Standards (ISO9001 / IATF16949 / ISO14001)

AKM has integrated reliability assurance techniques, continual improvement with PDCA cycles, problem solving methodology, validation and analysis techniques based on the quality management system of ISO9001 and IATF16949 in order to meet the customer satisfactions.

Compliance with International Standards (ISO9001 / IATF16949)

ISO 9001 ISO 9001
IATF 16949 IATF 16949

Certification for the ISO14001 international standard for environmental management systems has been obtained by each separate region of AKM.
AKM 's business operations involve the use of large amounts of chemical substances. We implement measures under our ISO 14001 environmental management system to prevent pollution-causing accidents. In addition to our efforts toward the achievement of a low-carbon society and toward the establishment of a recycling-oriented society, we also take measures to help preserve biodiversity.