The JAPAN SHIP-MACHINERY QUALITY CONTROL ASSOCIATION (hereinafter Referred to as SQCA) was established on July 1,1971. Since then SQCA has been positively promoting for 30 years various works to improve the quality and to promote quality control on various manufactured products for ship use designated by the Ship Safety Law and concerned laws, ordinances and regulations, with the support and guidance of the Ministry of Transport [Note that in January, 2001, the Ministry of Transport changed its name to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.], THE NIPPON FOUNDATION, and a number of concerned organizations. Thus, SQCA has been able to play its role in maintaining the safety of ships.
As is wellknown, the manufactured products for ship use subject to inspections by the government are very versatile. The plants, yards, factories or facilities making or repairing these products range very widely in scale, product kind and production capacity. SQCA, with its members as manufacturers or repairers of products for ship use, extensively promotes a variety of activities for approved factories or facilities for manufacturing, remodeling and repairing, maintaining manufactured products for ship use by establishment category and by trade category of approved manufacturing and maintenance factories or facilities. The basic policy lies in establishing the structure of the concerned business organizations reliable enough to continually supply products satisfying the quality and performance standards stipulated in the Ship Safety Law. Recently, SQCA has been keenly working for promotion of conformity to the concerned standards of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and of application of the IS09000 series standards by the approved factories or facilities, thereby promoting internationalization of quality control. Beside, SQCA positively promotes works concerned with the IS014000 series standards from the viewpoint of environmental conservation.
SQCA actively promotes various works in a manner to meet the everchanging requirements of the time in accordance with the course of the establishment of SQCA. By so doing, SQCA endeavors to make contributions to the development of the shipbuilding and ship equipment industries of Japan.
We at SQCA greatly appreciate the support and encouragement of all those concerned.
JAPAN SHIP-MACHINERY QUALITY CONTROL ASSOCIATION