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A cement manufacturer, a bitumen supplier and a medical device company were among 20 organisations to receive an NSAI Award of Distinction for achieving and maintaining certification to key international business standards over two decades.

The companies were honoured during a special ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel in Dublin on June 1st. Among the honourees was M&M Qualtech, an electronic manufacturing and supply chain services company based in Co Galway.  M&M Qualtech first achieved certification to ISO 9001 for Quality Management Systems in 1993.  Since then, it has expanded significantly and now employs more than 150 people at its facility in Parkmore West Business Park.

Speaking following the presentation ceremony, M&M Qualtech Managing Director, Michael Connolly said he was honoured to accept the NSAI Award of Distinction on behalf of the company.  “Quality has been at the centre of our company since its inception. It is even in our name, M&M Qualtech, which was derived from the words Quality and technology,” said Mr Connolly.

“Certification is at the core of our business processes and we are governed not only by ISO 9001 for Quality Management Systems, but also ISO 13485 for Medical Devices,” he added.

Honoured on the day were:

  • Allard Support UK Ltd; Americk Packaging Dublin;  BS & B Safety Systems Ltd;  Burgess Galvin & Co Ltd;  Byrne Mech Ltd;  Carbery Group;  Gem Plastics;  Irish Cement Ltd;  Irish Tar and Bitumen Suppliers;  Lisk Ireland Ltd;  McKesson Ireland;  PPI Adhesive Products Ltd;  Pressco Ltd;  Quinn Lite Pac Ltd;  Schlötter Ireland DAC;  SDL Global Solutions (Ireland) Ltd; Trend Technologies Mullingar Ltd;  United Drug Supply Chain Services & Wellman International Ltd

Together, these 20 companies form an elite group of NSAI’s longest-standing clients. 

Recognising Excellence awards were also presented to organisations who have worked with NSAI in providing case studies and support in the NSAI Roadshows promoting the I.S. EN ISO 9001:2015 and I.S. EN ISO 14001:2015. These companies were: Airpacks Ltd; Cartamundi Ireland; Ciscom Technology Ltd; DAA Security; Eishtec; Kirby Group Engineering; Pilz International Services Group; Playprint Ltd; Seed Technology Ltd; syncreon; Tool & Gauge and Zenith Technology.

View the photographs of both the Awards of Distinction and Recognising Excellence

Awards of Distinction

NSAI Chief Executive Geraldine Larkin congratulated all of the firms on their achievement and said their respective success was a clear testament to the importance of international certification, which is underpinned by standards.

“Achieving certification takes hard work and dedication. It can only occur when a team of smart, competent, dedicated people work together, but it also takes great leadership and a team effort,” said Ms Larkin.

“To maintain that level of quality over two decades is truly an admirable achievement. I wish all of the companies every success and look forward to continuing NSAI’s close relationship with them in the future,” she added.

The Awards of Distinction were handed out during a special NSAI business forum, which was held as part of the General Assembly of IQNet, the international network of certification bodies.  Speakers at the event included Mr. Michael Drechsel, IQNet President; Mr. Paul Lynam, Head of Sectoral Policy, British Irish Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Pat Ivory, Director of EU & International Affairs, IBEC and Mr. Conor Mulvihill, Director, Irish Dairy Industries Association. 

The award also forms part of NSAI’s 20th anniversary celebrations, an ongoing series of events to mark two decades of the National Standards Authority of Ireland in its current guise.

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