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SGS Partners with APQP4Wind to Offer Training Courses for the Wind Industry

May 22, 2024

SGS is collaborating with APQP4Wind to offer expert-led training to help the wind industry enhance quality and reduce supply chain risks.

The changing wind industry

To address the escalating demand for sustainability and the achievement of net-zero goals, wind industry stakeholders, including utilities, OEMs, suppliers and sub-suppliers, must significantly scale production output with heightened quality and speed to market.

Achieving this requires a shared understanding of the requirements and a standardized approach to quality assurance throughout the entire supply chain – from component manufacturers to project developers. A commitment to excellence in quality, delivery and cost efficiency helps minimize costly errors and delays, ultimately reducing the levelized cost of energy (LCOE).

Overcoming challenges with expert-led training

Drawing on decades of training experience and a global network of experts, SGS is proud to partner with APQP4Wind, the leading quality assurance framework for the wind industry. Our expert-led training helps stakeholders to achieve standardization and lean processes, mirroring the successes seen in the rail, automotive and aerospace industries.

Currently, our global network offers two specialized courses:

Amanda Mangan, Global Head of Training, said: "We are proud to stand alongside APQP4Wind as a trusted partner, leveraging its comprehensive framework to achieve excellence across quality, delivery and cost efficiency for all stakeholders. This partnership significantly expands our wind industry training portfolio and enables us to nurture and advance the maturity of its supply chain."

Kim Nedergaard Jacobsen, APQP4Wind Chief Executive Officer, added: "We are thrilled to announce our strategic collaboration with SGS as a training partner for APQP4Wind. With SGS's global presence in renewable energy and sustainability, we are confident in our shared commitment to equipping professionals with the knowledge and skills essential for driving quality, efficiency and sustainability within the wind industry."

SGS APQP4Wind Training Courses for the Wind Industry

Benefits of learning the APQP4Wind standards

APQP4Wind standards can replace existing procedures within an organization, establishing consistent methods and processes for all stakeholders in the value chain, including utility companies, OEMs, suppliers and sub-suppliers. Our training courses provide a solid understanding of the APQP4Wind processes, introducing the framework, requirements and the use and application of the tools.

Implementation of APQP4Wind standards enables you to:

  • Embed a common standard across the wind industry
  • Establish a preventative approach to quality
  • Shift from quality control to assurance
  • Strengthen manufacturer-supplier cooperation
  • Enable global supplier base maturity
  • Support the standardization and simplification of processes to reduce time to market and increase efficiency
  • Enable profitable growth and reduce risk

The courses are certificated by APQP4Wind. The certificate will be valid for four years from the exam date and will help demonstrate the participant's unique expertise.

In addition to the training courses, SGS also offers a range of specialist services for the wind industry.

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About APQP4Wind

APQP4Wind is a non-profit organization and a common Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) method that helps wind industry companies reduce risk and the costs of poor quality. The APQP4Wind organization is endorsed by world-leading utilities, wind turbine manufacturers and suppliers. It is also a Global Wind Energy Council member and avid supporter.

About SGS

We are SGS – the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company. We are recognized as the global benchmark for sustainability, quality and integrity. Our 99,600 employees operate a network of 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

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