Challenges Faced by Manufacturing Companies in Sustaining Conformance to ISO9001:2008 in Zimbabwe: A Case Study of a Textiles Manufacturing Company
Goriwondo, W.M.1, Zimwara, D.2, Mhlanga, S3, Mutopa, C.T.4, Nkomo, F5, Gutu, T6, Ngwena, P.7
1Eng. William Msekiwa Goriwondo, Dept. Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, ZIMBABWE.
2Davison Zimwara, Dept. Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, ZIMBABWE.
3Samson Mhlanga, Dept. Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, ZIMBABWE.
4C. T. Mutopa, KT Textiles (Pvt) LTD, ZIMBABWE.
5F.Nkomo, Hwange Colliery Company, Hwange, ZIMBABWE.
6T. Gutu, Dept. Wood Technology, Mutare Polytechnic College, Mutare, ZIMBABWE.
7P. Ngwena, Dept. Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, ZIMBABWE.
Manuscript received on 12 December 2012 | Revised Manuscript received on 21 December 2012 | Manuscript Published on 30 December 2012 | PP: 31-37 | Volume-2 Issue-1, December 2012 | Retrieval Number: A0365112112/2012©BEIES
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Abstract: Development of the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS) has seen many companies willing to implement it and get certification so as to improve quality delivery. Due to the globalization phenomenon, certification to ISO9001 becomes a prerequisite. Many manufacturing companies in Zimbabwe have been certified in a quest to improve their quality delivery. The main certification body in Zimbabwe is the Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ). This paper is based on a case study research for KT Textiles and it assesses the challenges that one certified manufacturing company is facing in a bid to sustain conformance to the ISO 9001: 2008QMS. Questionnaires and Interviews were the main research instruments used in the study. There was also reference to archival records and minutes of important meetings from the organization. Using stratified random sampling, questionnaires were administered to both managers and employees drawn from different departments. Employees were also interviewed to provide further information to compliment the questionnaire data. The data was analyzed using statistical graphs and charts. This research identified how the organization applies the 8 principles of ISO 9001:2008 QMS. The research findings revealed that the main challenges faced by the firm in maintaining the QMS are lack of top management involvement and support, lack of employee creativity and innovation, lack of focused internal audits, preventive maintenance schedule and data analysis lack priority.
Keywords: Quality Management System, ISO 9001: 2008, Textile Manufacturing, Sustainable quality improvement
Scope of the Article: Manufacturing Processes