After nearly a year of full preparation, REFIRE Group, with the close cooperation of all business divisions, has recently successfully passed the international independent third-party testing, inspection and certification body TÜV Rheinland’s certification audit in quality management system (ISO9001:2015/IATF16949:2016), environment management system (ISO14001), and occupational health and safety management system (ISO45001), becoming the first hydrogen fuel cell enterprise in China to pass the TÜV Rheinland’s triple-system certification, marking that REFIRE Group’s standardized operation and systematic management ability in R&D, production, sales, after-sales, supply chain management, organizational development and employee experience have met the international standard requirements.
LIN Qi, Chairman and CEO of REFIRE Group, said, “I’m very glad to see REFIRE Group receive three system certifications issued by TÜV Rheinland. This marks REFIRE Group’s new breakthroughs in meeting our global customers’ and stakeholders’ demand for quality, environmental protection and safety management, laying a solid foundation for REFIRE Group to further deepen its sustainable and healthy development.”
LIU Tiezhong, Senior Manager for REFIRE Group Quality Management Department and Environment, Health and Safety Management System Office, who was responsible for coordinating the application for the certification, recalled the past year and said that there is no compulsory requirements in the industry at present with regard to the environment, health and safety management system, and that REFIRE Group’s certification application process is one of self-imposed high standards conformation. “In 2020, we began to prepare, carefully studied and benchmarked each standard clause, improved the corresponding management system. After half a year of internal audit, we finally met the standards, and officially launched the application for certification.” said LIU Tiezhong. “The certification process also helped identify some room for improvement. We received professional advice from the TÜV Rheinland team, and fully evaluated each comment and continued improvement.”
TÜV Rheinland audit site
Improve quality management level
Combined with ISO9001:2015, IATF16949:2016 quality management system is a new quality management system for the automotive industry released by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) in 2016, dedicated to continuous improvement, emphasizing defect prevention, and reducing variation and waste throughout the supply chain.
IATF16949:2016 for REFIRE Group covers the design and manufacture of hydrogen fuel cell system assemblies (including control systems) and components. REFIRE Group earned IATF16949:2016 quality management system certification with its system establishment, process building, skills training, prevention and control, etc. to constantly improve its comprehensive ability in quality management so as to meet the latest automotive industry certification standards.
REFIRE Group’s System Division manufacturing base in Changshu, Jiangsu province
Embrace sustainable development
REFIRE Group is committed to becoming a global fuel cell enterprise with outstanding technology, bringing hydrogen energy and fuel cells into daily life and creating a sustainable future for the earth. We strive to realize harmonious coexistence between human and nature by carrying out various business activities aimed at building a low-carbon society. Therefore, we adjusted ourselves according to ISO14001 environmental management system, including our process, energy and resource consumption, plant environmental factors, pollution treatment, hazardous chemical leakage disposal, waste transfer and others. We made strict self-audit and continuous self-improvement based on important indicators of the certification standards.
On the one hand, we strictly abide by laws and regulations, regional agreements and recognized customer standards, provide environmental-friendly products and services, and fully integrate environmental management into the company’s business decisions. Secondly, we fully evaluate all the environmental factors related to the business activities of REFIRE Group and our partners, and implement internal and external audit, supervision and inspection and work evaluation through scientific management means to prevent environmental pollution, improve resource utilization, reduce environmental load and promote continuous improvement of environmental operation. In addition, we continue to strengthen staff’s awareness of environmental protection through various publicity activities and advocate staff’s participation in building an environmental culture of responsibility and commitment.
Passing the certification indicates that REFIRE Group has reached the international standard in terms of environmental management requirements and can ensure that in each link, products and business activities pollutant control of all kinds meet the relevant requirements, providing customers with greener and more sustainable high quality products and also helping the company get the “green pass” into the international market.
Build the occupational health and safety umbrella
According to data released by the United Nations, the direct and indirect economic losses caused by occupational diseases and occupational injuries accounted for 3.94% of the global GDP, or about USD2.99 trillion. More than 25 million workers in China are actually exposed to occupational hazards. The occupational health and safety risk of enterprise employees is significant, and, against the backdrop of a global corona virus pandemic and repeated domestic outbreaks, there is a long way to go to improve the health and safety management ability.
ISO45001 occupational health and safety management system certification is the first widely recognized international standard for occupational safety and health. During the preparation process of applying for the certification, REFIRE Group carried out strict self-inspection and self-improvement according to important indicators including occupational health and safety policies and related equipment licenses, workplace harmful factors monitoring, occupational accidents/incidents and occupational diseases statistics recording. Occupational health and safety performance has been fully integrated in corporate decisions. This helped create, provide and maintain a healthy and safe working environment for employees, building a sound occupational health and safety management system, ensuring that every employee’s health and safety needs are respected, evaluated and satisfied, and gradually establishing a meticulous, humanistic culture that cares for occupational health and safety.
Healthy, safe and comfortable working environment
In addition to providing free meals, annual physical examination, supplementary commercial medical insurance, physical examination for parents and other health benefits, REFIRE Group also specially designated professional equipment fitness areas, yoga/dance areas. The labor union also launched fitness clubs to upgrade the benefits, and opened a number of interest groups such as yoga, boxing and dance societies. Employees can “recharge” and relax during work breaks, keeping a good level of physical and mental health. During the pandemic in Shanghai, the Organization Development and Employee Experience Department of REFIRE Group specially provided online psychological counseling services, online fitness courses, as well as employee welfare and daily necessity supplies to tide employees over this special period smoothly.
Colorful staff activities
sail steady and far: global development
Since its establishment, REFIRE Group has been continuously recognized by global authoritative institutions for its commitment to continuous progress and rigorous pragmatism, thus laying a good foundation for us to further promote more extensive international industrial cooperation in the field of hydrogen energy and fuel cell, and accelerate the application and popularization of fuel cell technology worldwide.
In May 2021, REFIRE Group received the factory inspection certificate from the Dutch Ministry of Transport (RDW) and the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) certification (ECE R10) for PRISMA fuel cell system products. This marked the first Chinese fuel cell enterprise and the first Chinese fuel cell product to receive these two certificates and that REFIRE Group has obtained the “pass” to the EU market in terms of consistent management of production and technical requirements of fuel cell products.
In June 2021, the newly upgraded PRISMA 12+ and its companion ELECTRA reactor were awarded the world’s first fuel cell system performance and reactor Index evaluation certificate by TÜV Rheinland for their excellent comprehensive performance.
Headquartered in Shanghai, REFIRE is the world’s leading deployer of commercial hydrogen fuel cell zero-emissions technologies. The company specialises in designing, testing, prototyping, application engineering and in integrated fuel cell systems for buses, trucks, specialised vehicles, power supply units, and marine applications.
As of Q1 2021, REFIRE fuel cell technologies and products are powering over 2,700 fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in daily use in 15 cities across China, as well as various projects in five other countries. To date, combined vehicle mileage exceeds 63 million kilometres.
Marketing & Communications Department, REFIRE