Through robust partnerships with suppliers, Nissan is improving its quality component by component
The ability to consistently source precision-built components defines the quality of the car
Nissan suppliers from around the world assemble at the quality conference, where we communicate Nissan's quality standards and exchange views amongst the global suppliers.
A car is complex product made up of a huge number of components—as many as ten thousand of them. In Nissan's case, suppliers may provide up to 70 or 80 percent of those parts. Currently, we source components from around five thousand suppliers. To raise the quality of the final product, we need to maintain the quality of each component. Nissan's SQA* activities ensure that we consistently receive high-quality components from suppliers.
- * A supplier is a vendor or a company/manufacturer providing parts to a manufacturer.
- * SQA, or Supply Quality Assurance, refers to the detailed protocol Nissan employs to maintain and improve the quality of components from its suppliers.
Aiming for equal, robust partnerships
To secure a consistent supply of high-quality components, Nissan partners with strong and reputable suppliers. Through our SQA activities, we treat our suppliers as equal business partners to achieve a mutually profitable relationship. The Supplier Quality Assurance Group, which promotes SQA activities, employs an objective and neutral view to evaluate the needs of Nissan design, Nissan production and that of our suppliers. The aim is to rapidly improve the quality of sourced components and strengthen mutual understanding between the three participating entities.
Setting a world standard, with management conducted on a global basis
Early in its history, Nissan has been committed to set a global standard for the quality of the components from its suppliers' base. With the Renault Alliance, the establishment of a common global management system has been accelerated with the Alliance's supply base worldwide. As a result, even though we have various suppliers in different parts of the world with varying standards, cultures and customs, the components they provide are guaranteed to meet with Nissan's strict quality standards.