The participants of the Automotive Quality Forum boast that the institute is seen both as a reference and as a source of information in support of the automotive chain.
Make the workforce skilled and serve as a source of information to support the automotive sector during the decarbonization process. This is the role that both Claudio Sahad, president of Sindipeças, and Marcus Vinicius Aguiar, vice president of Anfavea, attribute to IQA – Institute for Automotive Quality.
Their speech was given during the opening of the 8th IQA Forum on Automotive Quality, held on September 20 at the Milenium Convention Center, in the South Zone of São Paulo, which discussed the topic “ESG Sustainability and Automotive Quality: Changes in the Value Chain and Society’s Perceptions” .
“At this moment of change, a lot of training is needed, and IQA is fundamental and our partner within that,” said Sahad, who emphasized that the entity must act as an important source of information for its associates, so that it can prepare and update.
Challenges towards decarbonisation
Sahad also highlighted the role of Sindipeças in supporting the establishment of Route 2030 rules, and the entity’s work in creating resources for research and innovation, which enable small and medium-sized companies to access these resources.
In a similar way, Aguiar spoke about the challenges of reindustrialization that decarbonization brings to companies and highlighted the different technological directions that have been adopted in this process: electric drive, ethanol, new alternatives with biofuels, green diesel, hydrogen, in addition to solving the connection of technologies, automation, industry 4.0, electronic items powered by 5G and the controls of the General Data Protection Act (LGPD).
“All this requires new types of experts in the industry, with more complex and long-term training. This demonstrates the importance of IQA in workforce training and education not only for the industry, but also for suppliers, dealers and service providers in the automotive ecosystem,” said Aguiar.
IQA prepared for the future
The director-president of IQA, Claudio Moyses, on the other hand, sees the entity as ready to take on this obligation. “We know that the logic of sustainable development will be maintained. In this way, we think, analyze and act differently, going far beyond our role as a conformity assessment body, which has been our responsibility throughout our existence. The event shows the update of our portfolio and the development of new activities related to the agenda,” he said.
In total, the event held six panels: current and future impacts of decarbonization and ESG programs on the quality of the automotive sector; metrics and performance reporting – practical reporting examples for investors, finance and others; future sustainability trends for quality in the automotive sector; the environmental and marketing impact of e-commerce on the automotive aftermarket; management and quality at concessionaires: changes due to the LGPD, technology, sustainability and in the relationship with customers; Regulatory model, quality infrastructure and sustainability in the automotive sector.
Several points of view are presented for the entire link of the automotive chain: industry, trade and services. However, a consensus was reached around some conclusions: the ESG agenda is a strategic priority within the companies involved in the sector and, in addition to contributing to environmental and social improvements, it is essential for business success.
The event held by IQA was sponsored by Umicore, Schulz and Zurich.
Founded in 1995 by the sector and government bodies, IQA – Instituto da Qualidade Automotiva is a non-profit organization development and expansion of quality in the mobility sectorwith the aim of providing greater security to consumers, from products, systems and people with assured quality through mandatory or voluntary certificates.
Representative of international bodies and accredited by CGCRE – Inmetro’s General Accreditation Coordination (www.inmetro.gov.br) as a certification body, promotes face-to-face and online training, technical content in publications/technical studies, inspections and laboratory tests, with a culture of innovation and proximity to the needs of organizations and society.