PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF BM CATALYSTS
BM Catalysts Commercial Director Mark Blinston discusses why quality always wins in the battle against cost
At BM Catalysts we pride ourselves on our reputation for quality. Years of dedication to doing things the right way, as well as continuously investing in people, processes and production techniques, means that we’re now in a market-leading position despite the seemingly endless uncertainty around the UK’s exit from the EU.
Whilst recent times have seen other businesses looking at ways to consolidate or even scale back their operations, our long-term strategy of continuous investment and improvement sees us in a unique position where we can continue serving our customers the high levels of quality and service they have come to expect from BM Catalysts, even in uncertain times.
The automotive industry itself is continually looking to tighten its grip on quality standards. The Department for Transport is focusing more scrutiny on the quality of parts, and by default the processes, of our sector, primarily through the work of the Market Surveillance Unit of the DVSA. This includes taking a closer look at manufacturers and distributors producing and supplying non-compliant (or even sub-standard) parts. Legislation leaves little room for interpretation when it comes to culpability. Whether a part is being made, sold or fitted, we all have some responsibility in ensuring that the right part is supplied for the right vehicle, and that parts conform to both regulatory standards, as well as those required for the vehicle itself.
If a good cataloguing system is being used properly, it’s now virtually impossible to order or supply the wrong part. However, factors are often still using the practice of cross-referencing to try to find cheaper alternatives, and it is here that the risk of error creeps in. Type approval cannot be simplified to similar parts from different manufacturers being direct alternatives. Just because a BM part and a competitor’s part can both be used on one vehicle, for example, it doesn’t mean that they can both be used on all of the vehicles that the BM part is type approved for. Homologation is much more specific than that and should be taken seriously. You have to ask yourself, if the alternative to one manufacturer’s part is not listed in the cataloguing system but seemingly has a cross reference, why is this?
The Answer to the Quality Question
We’ve built our reputation for exceeding expectations in all areas, including ensuring that we are compliant when it comes to legislative requirements. We’re proud to consider ourselves a supplier that our partners can rely on to deliver the right product at the right time, with a stringent focus and commitment to quality being at the forefront of everything we do.