As of now SGS has served in Taiwan since 1952 for a 70-year duration and has more than 3,200 professionals. The general management office of SGS Taiwan is in the New Taipei Industrial Park, New Taipei City. Furthermore, there are more than 17 diversified laboratories distributed from north to south of Taiwan. In response to the upgrading of Taiwan’s industrial structure, the core business of SGS Automotive Service Center (ASC) provide the following three categories:
- Testing: with a global service network, laboratories and professionals with rich knowledge and experience enable you to reduce risks, shorten the time to market, provide laboratory tests on the quality, safety, and performance of products in accordance with relevant health, safety, and regulations internationally.
- Inspection: providing the world’s leading comprehensive inspection services, such as checking the condition and weight of the goods in the process of transshipment, to help control quantity and quality, and meet all relevant regulatory requirements in different regions and markets legally.
- Certification: SGS is the most trusted certification organization in the world, through professional certification and strict audit that ensure products, processes, services or systems of company and organization can comply with international standards, domestic regulations, and the requirements of stakeholders.
Nowadays, vehicles are developing toward electrification, electronics, and intelligence as the main trend which is giving such great opportunities to Taiwan’s electronics industry. Vehicle electronics and electrification will reach more than 70% of the structure sooner or later. From IC/SoC, Electronic Control Unit (ECU), and embedded systems all focus on intelligent driving, passive, or active driving safety systems as well as Advanced Driver. Assistance Systems (ADAS). Among innovative and functional products such as in-vehicle infotainment systems or smart digital cockpit provide a safe and comfortable driving environment. Most carmakers in Taiwan are OEM-oriented, are limited in vehicle design capabilities and atmosphere. Whereas, the electronics industry is vigorously blooming and diversified in Taiwan. It is fully energetic in design, development, validation, and manufacture from semiconductor to systems of the development of software and hardware for automotive modules in Taiwan. The automotive industry is different from the ICT industry, OEMs and or their tier suppliers have very strict requirements on ecosystem. Product tests such as AEC-Q, ISO 16750, or OEM regulations of major car manufacturers. The aspect also includes the design, development, process, and quality management system are following automotive standards such as IATF 16949, ASPICE, ISO 26262, etc. In the MIH Consortium, SGS foresees a highly integrated opportunity, which is also our motivation to join MIH. Once in automotive ecosystem standard, OEMs and or tiers suppliers, all are necessary to meet a series of reviews, audits, assessments, and continuous improvements. There is no such “perfect” quality but always room for improvement on the OEM’s assessment checklist. This is challenging for MIH members; however, SGS will be the best mentor and a smoother for MIH Consortium to accelerate the realization of automotive ecosystem.
In MIH Consortium, SGS can do meaningful things with MIH members; therefore, SGS would like to offer two new services that SGS wants to help in the automotive industry.
The primary service introduces product design and develop service (PDD). SGS believes that automotive product design, development, and validation are quite different from ICT products due to automotive standards.
Based on the Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) of the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), SGS mentors MIH members to establish an automotive quality standard and management system in product planning, product design and process design, development, validation, and continuous improvement. SGS can guide MIH members to respond to the RFI/RFP/RFQ from OEMs for JDM/ODM with design and develop new products in automotive electric fields. SGS can assist to verify in product design, development, and the process is following OEM regulations and Customer Specification Requirement (CSR). From system boundary, functional tree, Specification of Requirement (SOR) is developed step by step. From the design concept of A sample to pre-production process of D sample, and even participation design review, SGS can advise MIH members to compose the design verification plan, the preparation plan before the trial run, the production data analysis, capacity evaluation, Production Product Approval Process (PPAP) document preparation, and the Part Submission Warrant (PSW) on different process stages. For product design validation, SGS not only provides basic automotive lab testing services but also offers software and hardware in the loop (SIL/HIL) validation for embedded system compatibility and interoperability testing services that enable MIH system providers to build their systems based on the EV platform have smoothy communication among systems.
The secondary service offers supplier quality management service. SGS believes that quality assurance is an essential factor to acquire reasonable profit from OEM to tiers of suppliers that must be consistent from upstream to the systems on vehicle.
Based on the definition and responsibility of the automotive supply chain and the quality requirements of OEM, SGS can coach MIH members to establish a quality control that builds up an effective audit system for automotive suppliers and audit their tiers of suppliers for supplier quality management, potential second source evaluation, and qualification review, etc. an automotive electrical embedded system consists of hundreds of types and thousands of components so each component’s quality must be well controlled and effectively managed from source end of supplier’s quality process that meets the requirements of OEM. Quality control and management are essential elements not only to reduce quality costs but also lower risks of product recalls. By doing so, MIH members could get the reasonable profits they deserve when they manage quality system well. This is the original intention of the SGS Automotive Service Center (ASC) to offer such efficient and meaningful service on top of basic automotive lab testing services.
SGS actively participates in operation of MIH Consortium and expects to assist all MIH members to provide total solutions in supply chain management and product test and certification who are in need. SGS follows the spirit of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) commonly used in the automotive industry to provide comprehensive services in all stages of quality management system, product design and development, test, validation, and certificate. In addition to providing total solutions for each stage of the product development cycle, SGS also assists MIH members to comply with the corresponding international regulations, standards, and OEM regulations. SGS is the only TIC company that can provide “comprehensive” automotive services. In the field of automotive electronic design verification and testing, SGS introduces functional safety standards: ISO 26262 training and certificate. SGS assists semiconductor and product vendors to understand the needs of OEM and tiers of suppliers, and launches customized chip, system, hardware, and software of those to meet functional safety and cybersecurity, reliability, and AI algorithms (such as SOTIF standards). On the product or function test, SGS can provide test plans and consulting services, such as automotive reliability tests: AEC-Q: 100/101/102/103/104/200, fault tolerance testing and software Integration testing consulting of ISO 26262, and cybersecurity vulnerability analysis consulting of ISO 21434, for example, penetration testing and fuzzing testing services. Besides original testing capabilities of cybersecurity, SGS acquired Brightsight in 2021, a world-renowned cybersecurity laboratory, hoping to help MIH members quickly enter the market around the world through the strong connections between Brightsight and the international IoT security alliance PSA and SESIP. SGS also provides testing services for EU E/e mark. SGS is sophisticated and has experience in reliability and environmental tests and electromagnetic compatibility test including but not limited to VW, BMW, Ford, GM, Toyota, and Nissan standards. SGS wireless communication testing capability can perform various wireless technology standards and antenna related tests. Some OEMs do software upgrades or phase in new functions through OTA (Over the Air) technology. The 3D antenna testing laboratory of SGS is the first professional laboratory accredited by the US CTIA in Taiwan. With the rising awareness of green environmental protection, automotive electrical products also need to be selected from the materials at the initial stage of design. It is necessary to strictly control the information and compliance of raw materials, harmful substances and recyclability. In response to the above situation, most of the OEM refers to the EU & China ELV environmental regulations and use the substance management system (IMDS/CAMDS) to monitor their supply chain manufacturers whether they comply not with the requirements of restricted substances in various regions and avoid excessive electronic products. Based on the above, SGS laboratory has complete solutions for various aspects such as hazardous substances, material properties, and chemical properties.
Recently, SGS has continuously invested huge capital to expand automotive standard and professional laboratories, expanding automotive services to cover various automotive applications widely. SGS is more than happy to provide professional services to MIH Consortium as well as her remarkable members with international standards to overstride the automotive industry barrier smoothly. SGS is looking forward to collaborating with MIH Consortium as a promoter to introduce new technologies, functions, and standards for electric vehicle ecosystem.
SGS Automotive Service Center (ASC)