Electron Technical Solutions, one of the UK’s leading painters of plastic components for the automotive industry, took the decision to implement an environmental management system compliant with ISO 14001 in 2012.

Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, it was recognised that ISO 14001 is increasingly becoming a requirement for organisations within the automotive supply chain.

Planning for the implementation process began in September 2012 with the intent of achieving certification by around July 2013. This turned out to be rather optimistic largely because, at the outset, Electron had not appreciated the extent and depth to which it would have to go to understand and demonstrate compliance to the complexities of legal requirements.

A more long-term strategy was adopted as the process revealed greater and greater detail involved in compliance. Alongside this was the creation of all the appropriate documentation to support operational activities and the identification of training requirements (far in excess of what had been originally envisaged).

The strategy paid off and Electron was delighted to pass through its final certification audit in August 2014.