FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2011
CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
|NSF International President and CEO Kevan P. Lawlor (left) congratulates NSF Director Bob Frayer on receiving the Industry Award from the Automotive Body Parts Association (click image to enlarge).|
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) recently recognized Bob Frayer of NSF International with its prestigious Industry Award for his outstanding achievement to expand the collision parts replacement industry during the past year. Frayer, Director of NSF’s Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program and Engineering Laboratories, received the award at ABPA’s annual convention, held in Tampa last month.
NSF International, a 15-year leader within the automotive industry, launched the NSF Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program in 2010 to help ensure that auto aftermarket parts (e.g. steel bumpers, step bumpers, brackets, reinforcement bars and absorbers) meet rigid quality, safety and performance standards.
Frayer and other NSF engineers independently evaluate and compare aftermarket auto parts to original equipment (OE) service parts to ensure the highest level of performance in terms of form, fit and function. NSF also requires an on-site inspection of the manufacturer’s quality system to verify that the company has a traceability program, complaint process and an in-plant quality assurance system in place.
“We are always pleased when we have the opportunity to publicly recognize the achievements of individuals who quietly and proficiently advance the cause of this industry and the parts we represent,” said ABPA Executive Director Stan Rodman when presenting the award. “Bob Frayer and NSF International are playing a large part in focusing attention to the quality products which now permeate our industry and which better allow our members to compete in the marketplace. This award is our way of just saying thanks for a job well done.”
“It is an honor to receive this award on behalf of NSF International from the ABPA. NSF and ABPA share a common mission, and that is protecting public health and safety and helping to ensure the safety and performance of auto parts contributes to that mission,” said Frayer. “We want to help make sure safe parts are available to collision repair professionals.”
In addition to overseeing NSF International’s Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program, Frayer oversees NSF’s Engineering Laboratories. He holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering all from the University of Michigan.
About NSF International: NSF International, an independent organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.
NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR), a NSF International Company, is recognized globally as one of the premier registrars of automotive manufacturing facilities (www.nsf-isr.org). NSF-ISR is one of the top three ISO/TS registrars in the U.S. with more than 350 automotive-focused auditors supporting the program. In addition to accredited registration programs, NSF-ISR also offers an Automotive Aftermarket Parts Certification Program to help ensure aftermarket auto parts (e.g. steel bumpers, step bumpers, brackets, rebars, sheet metal, lighting and absorbers) meet rigid quality, safety and performance standards in terms of form, fit and function. NSF-ISR also offers an Automotive Aftermarket Collision Parts Distributor Certification Program that closes the supply chain gap between parts manufacturers and body shops by addressing key requirements, including automotive parts traceability and recall processes.
Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., with offices in China, Taiwan and Canada; NSF-ISR performs audits and provides management systems registration for more than 7,000 companies worldwide. Registration programs include: ISO 9001, AS9100/10/20, ISO/IEC 13485, ISO/IEC 20000-1, ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, ISO 14001, Responsible Care® (RC) 14001, Responsible Care® Management Systems (RCMS), OHSAS 18001, American Tree Farm System and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) through ANAB accreditation as well as Greenhouse Gas Verification/Validation and SFI Chain of Custody (CoC) through ANSI accreditation.