There are plenty of reasons for the Lucite International Singapore (LISPL) team to celebrate. Firstly, there’s achieving accreditation to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 and then there’s reaching the production milestone of one million tonnes of MMA from the Alpha technology plant.

 

ISO 9001 & ISO 14001

The ‘International Organization for Standardization’ (ISO as we know it) was established to promote the development and adoption of universal standards to support international trade. Today, organizations seek ISO accreditation in order to demonstrate to their customers and stakeholders operational performance against a set of parameters in different areas. In July LISPL gained two new accreditations: ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems).

Being ‘The Best of The Best’

The certification process was led by Laboratory and Quality Manager, GuangFu Chen, and SHE Manager, Soo Hong Tan. Explaining LISPL’s ISO journey GuangFu said: “We are not only committed to consistently meet and enhance our customer’s needs but also to comply with legal requirements. We believe that ISO certification supports our continuous improvement process, helping us to identify opportunities to be the ‘Best of the Best’ in our delivery to customers. Our team was delighted to hear that the auditors had recommended us for ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certification after they audited the site.”
 
 
Employees were presented with commemorative EZ-link card and digital photo frame.

 

Maintaining Strong Commitment and Involvement

The ISO journey has been one of real learning with some key accreditation milestones: GuangFu continued: “The external auditor, SGS Testing & Control Services, is a leading provider of inspection, certification, testing and verification services. Interviewing our GM, Chee Ming Tok, the auditors covered the Company’s objectives and 2015-2020 site manufacturing strategy. They commended the management and site team for maintaining effective management systems and for demonstrating strong commitment to, and involvement in, the continuous improvement activity that enabled transition to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. Thanks to our employees’ efforts we achieved our certification with zero non-compliance observations.”

1 Million Tonnes of Alpha MMA

 
Continuing on our theme of success, on 25 June 2017, the Alpha 1 plant reached 1m tonnes of MMA production since the plant was commissioned in 2008. Alpha is a cost effective, greener way of producing methyl methacrylate, the raw material for acrylics. Challenges in traditional MMA manufacturing processes had previously limited the scalability of plant size, however, Alpha technology overcame these and, some 10 years later, LISPL reached the fantastic milestone of 1m tonnes of production. This remarkable achievement would not have been possible without dedication to safe operations and continuous improvement in all aspects of the manufacturing process by the LISPL team, who have been support by our global operations and technology group.

We want to thank:

  • Our supportive customers for their continuing loyalty
  • Our suppliers and business partners for their continuing support
  • Every one of our dedicated, hardworking staff who have helped achieve this milestone

 

As a token of appreciation, all employees were presented with a commemorative EZ-link card with the Alpha 1 site background and a table top digital photo frame. Each digital frame had been pre-loaded with memories of various events that took place in LISPL over the last 10 years.

May we all continue to build on the success of the Alpha 1 plant to scale greater heights and work together towards the next 1m tonnes!

Singapore Alpha Plant