A123 Systems, the developer and manufacturer of Nanophosphate lithium-ion batteries and systems, has received ISO/TS 16949 certification, validating that A123’s product design and manufacturing processes meet the highest standards for excellence in the automotive industry. A123 says it is the first major US-based battery manufacturer to receive this automotive certification for cylindrical lithium-ion cells.

The TS 16949 certification earned by A123 applies to the company’s cylindrical cell design and manufacturing operations worldwide. In order to obtain TS 16949 certification, a company must demonstrate that it complies with the TS 16949 quality management system (QMS) and pass annual surveillance audits by an independent third-party.

ISO/TS 16949:2009, in conjunction with ISO 9001:2008, defines the quality management system requirements for the design and development, production and, when relevant, installation and service of automotive-related products.