Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles, recently completed the 2021 ISO 14001 external audit cycle for all of its facilities across five locations. With this achievement, Bendix demonstrates a history of commitment to the standard spanning more than two decades. Bendix has had facilities certified to the ISO 14001 standard since 1999, when Plant 1 at the Acuña, Mexico, operation became the first Bendix location to be certified.
ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, focuses on environmental management systems in ISO 14001. The standard is intended for use by an organization seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability. In 2018, Bendix advanced to the latest ISO 14001 standard, completing ISO 14001:2015 transition audits across all locations. And last year, the company further enhanced its commitment, moving from individual site-level certificates to a single Bendix Corporate certificate encompassing multiple locations.
Bendix operations completing the ISO 14001 external audit cycle were the facilities in Acuña, Mexico; Bowling Green, Kentucky; the Elyria headquarters; Huntington, Indiana; and Mexico City, Mexico. The company’s wholly owned subsidiary, R.H. Sheppard Co., Inc., is also ISO 14001 certified at its Hanover, Pennsylvania, location. Bendix is a member of the Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse.
The achievement fulfills customer obligations for continued certification, while demonstrating Bendix’s commitment to compliance with regulatory requirements – as well as the continual improvement of the company’s management systems.
On April 20, during Earth Week 2021, Bendix showcased its commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices by kicking off the construction of the company’s latest investment in green energy: Bendix’s first-ever solar array, to be built at the Huntington facility. The array represents the largest such installation in Huntington County. Huntington Plant 1 secured its first ISO 14001 certification in 2003.
“By achieving this third-party certification, we’re providing assurances to our customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders that Bendix has properly implemented the standard’s requirements,” said Bill Schubert, Bendix corporate manager, environmental and sustainability. “This year, we also celebrate the level of sophistication we’ve now attained in having pursued this environmental standard for more than two decades. Over that time, we have evolved to the latest version of the standard and are now able to pursue the certification as a single entity rather than as individual sites. Our progress in attaining ISO 14001 is a testament to our dedication to improving our processes in ways that will sustain and benefit our environment.”
About Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of Knorr-Bremse, develops and supplies leading-edge active safety technologies, energy management solutions, and air brake charging and control systems and components under the Bendix® brand name for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles throughout North America. An industry pioneer, employing more than 4,100 people, Bendix – and its wholly owned subsidiary, R.H. Sheppard Co., Inc. – is driven to deliver the best solutions for improved vehicle safety, performance, and overall operating cost. Contact us at 1-800-AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725) or visit bendix.com. Stay connected and informed through Bendix expert podcasts, blog posts, videos, and other resources at knowledge-dock.com. Follow Bendix on Twitter at twitter.com/Bendix_CVS. Log on and learn from the Bendix experts at brake-school.com. And to learn more about career opportunities at Bendix, visit bendix.com/careers.