The Ingenio Cristobal Colon received from SGS, the ISO 9001:2008 certification, whose scope comprises, production, milling, packaging, warehousing and trading of brown sugar and molasses, thus becoming the first in-country sugar mill to receive an extended certification. The most renowned licensing firm worldwide, SGS, after conducting several audits to all processes within the system scope, granted the mill with the ISO Norm.
The certification was received by Alberto Potes, Exec. VP to CAEI, from Santiago Mazzuchelli Urgulio, Business Development Director to Latin America and Spain, during a ceremony hosted in the mill. Several directors and executives from the organization attended, as well as Mr. Julián Mansilla Guerra, Project Director to the firm. Mr. Potes assured that the ISO9001:2008 certification is an added value of great importance in the expansion process CAEI is going through, which aims to triple their operations within the next 10year-term.
“We are a company with vision towards the future, that contributes to bettering our country through actions, by contributing significantly in all aspects social and financial; to compete better in the global markets we face, we need to produce products and/or services of certified quality”, Potes expressed.
Potes stressed that the ISO 9001: 2008 norm contributes towards making the entire organization work using standardized methods, which serve as warranty that all processes meet the requirements of domestic and international clients, and are also conducted in methodical and rigorous manner, under international quality standards.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mazzuchelli stated that SGS feels proud to contribute towards this certification process for a company as important as the Ingenio Cristóbal Colón. He pointed out that teamwork and the engagement from the whole company are the pathway to success and excellence. “We are proud to help you chip in with your grain of sand on the road to achieving excellence”, Mazzuchelli said.
The SGS international auditors sent from Panama took under consideration all Norm requirements, in reference to production processes, warehousing, trading of sugar and molasses, the competence levels of all staff in key positions, infrastructure conditions, procurement, norms and procedures, all critical input, vendor management, quality assurance, and process application for continuous improvement.
The consultants were greatly impressed with the delivery, commitment, enthusiasm, drive and teamwork showed by the staff at the mill.
CAEI is a company in the Energy and Industry portfolio of assets administered by INICIA, a private asset management firm.
The Vicini family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. INICIA is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.
INICIA is a private asset management firm that operates through partnerships with unique managers focused on the Northern Latin American Region to capture long-term value for investors, clients, partners and associates.