15.10.09

Hansen Transmissions: ISO 9001 certification

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Hansen Drives Ltd. ('Hansen Drives'), the Indian facility of global wind turbine gearbox maker Hansen Transmissions International ('Hansen Transmissions') announces it has received certification for international quality standard ISO 9001:2008 for its activities in Coimbatore. This has been achieved in just over a year, since the plant became operational in September 2008.*

Awarding body LRQA has certified Hansen Drives' wind turbine gearbox production, assembly, testing and service activities in Coimbatore for reaching ISO standard 9001:2008.

Hansen Drives operates a state of the art, fully integrated gearbox manufacturing facility dedicated to the wind turbine generator market, and employs approximately 350 people.

In terms of production, assembly, and testing, this entails operating sophisticated CNC machines, an in-house heat treatment facility and test rigs to test and validate gearboxes.
Preparation for certification took 12 months and was orchestrated by a core team of 15 people representing all functions.

Ivan Brems, CEO of Hansen Transmissions received the Certificate from G. Venkata Kuppuswamy, Assessment Manager, LRQA, South India during a ceremony held at the plant in Coimbatore on October 13th 2009.

Mohan NS, Executive Director, Hansen Drives stated: "We are very proud to receive certification indicating that we have reached this demanding international standard. Our team is now ready to service the Indian and international markets with Hansen Drives' world class products."

CEO Ivan Brems stated "I am extremely pleased to accept this certificate for our Indian production plant and very proud of the entire team in Coimbatore, which has put considerable effort into attaining the required standard.  Hansen Drives is, after Hansen Transmissions' Belgian plants, the third Hansen Transmissions production facility to receive ISO 9001 certification. We have a strong tradition of attaining international standard certification;  in 1991 our Belgian operations became the first in the Industrial gearbox industry to reach the ISO 9001 standard, and we have continued to focus on meeting further and improved certification criteria ever since."


*About Hansen Transmissions :*
Hansen Transmissions International NV is an established global wind turbine gearbox and industrial gearbox designer, manufacturer and supplier, with a leading position (by MW supplied) in the wind turbine gearbox market.
The company supplies gearboxes to the world's major manufacturers of gear-driven wind turbines and provides durable gear drives for a wide range of industrial applications throughout the world. Both Hansen's wind energy and industrial activities have established dedicated international service networks.
In addition to its principal state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located in Flanders, Belgium - i.e. a wind turbine and industrial gearbox plant and a fully integrated, dedicated wind turbine gearbox manufacturing facility - Hansen has a production plant for wind turbine gearboxes in Coimbatore, India and an assembly and testing plant for the Chinese market, located in Tianjin, China. As such, Hansen plans to increase its wind turbine gearbox manufacturing capabilities, from 7,300 MW per annum in the financial year 2009 to 14,300 MW, by financial year 2013.
Strong in-house R&D operations maintain Hansen's technological leadership and the company employs over 2,300 people worldwide.

Contact:
Mohan NS, Executive Director Hansen Drives Ltd.
mohanns@hansentransmissions.com
Phone +91 4254306100

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