Kionix Quality System

The Kionix commitment to quality

To meet or exceed customer expectations — This is the first phrase of the Kionix Quality Policy, a simple yet compelling statement supported by a real-time electronic system of specifications and procedures. It is the foundation upon which Kionix successfully competes in the global marketplace. External auditors have praised the Kionix Quality Management System (QMS) repeatedly as a model to which other companies might aspire. 
The purpose of the Kionix QMS is to provide quality and reliability in the creation and delivery of Kionix products. It describes in detail all of the functions required to design, produce, test, and supply products to our customers:

  • Ensuring the excellence of people and infrastructure
  • Effectively managing resources
  • Planning, authorizing, and measuring internal processes
  • Evaluating design requirements and validating designs
  • Selecting and managing suppliers
  • Maintaining product identification and traceability
  • Committing to customer requirements, communicating with customers, and monitoring customer satisfaction
  • Making continual improvements and taking corrective/preventive actions

The Quality System adheres to standards established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and will always be undergoing continuous improvement as we implement new operations initiatives.

Kionix is certified to the following standards:

ISO 9001 : 2008

The quality management standards specified in ISO 9001:2008 have been adopted by more than one-half million organizations in more than 60 countries worldwide. These standards are considered to be foundational to many industry-specific quality principles. Kionix achieved ISO registration in FY2000 and upgraded to ISO 9001:2008 in 2009.

(View ISO 9001:2008 certificate)

ISO TS 16949

ISO/TS 16949:2002 is an ISO Technical Specification developed by The International Automotive Task Force (IATF). It aligns existing American (QS-9000), German (VDA6.1), French (EAQF) and Italian (AVSQ) automotive Quality System standards within the global automotive industry, with the aim of eliminating the need for multiple certifications to satisfy multiple customer requirements. Together with ISO 9001:2000, ISO/TS 16949:2002 specifies the quality system requirements for the design/development, production, installation, and servicing of automotive related products. In addition, there are customer specific requirements that are required by individual subscribing vehicle manufacturers. Kionix achieved ISO TS 16949 registration in July 2005. 

(View ISO TS 16949 certificate)

ISO 14001 : 2004

ISO 14001:2004 specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives which take into account legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and information about significant environmental aspects. It applies to those environmental aspects that the organization identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence. It does not itself state specific environmental performance criteria. Kionix achieved ISO 14001 in May of 2013.  

(View ISO 14001 : 2004 certificate)

Kionix conflict minerals policy

"Conflict Minerals" refers to minerals mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses, notably in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, by the Congolese National Army and various armed rebel groups, including the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda. The profits from the sale of these minerals finance continued fighting in the Second Congo War and control of lucrative mines becomes a focus of the fighting as well.

Kionix expects our suppliers to source materials only from environmentally and socially responsible suppliers. Our suppliers must pass this requirement up the supply chain and determine the source of specified minerals.

Environmental Standards and Certifications

Kionix's environmental policy makes environmental considerations a priority in all of its business planning and decision making. The policy assures compliance with both the spirit and intent of global laws and regulations, assesses the environmental impact of products, processes, and operations, focuses on pollution prevention and reduction of waste, and encourages suppliers, contractors, and vendors to act in accordance with its environmental standards.


SONY Green Partner

Kionix is a proud member of SONY Green Partner, a distinction achieved through Kionix's ongoing commitment to responsible citizenship relative to environmental policies and business practices.  Kionix has fulfilled SONY's industry-recognized high standards for best practices in design, marketing, manufacturing, and environmental procedures since 2009.


Canon Green Procurement Certified

Kionix has satisfied the requirements of Canon's Green Procurement certification through the practice of purchasing environmentally friendly parts and materials and by making a commitment to the conservation of resources wherever possible.  Kionix has fulfilled Canon's Green Procurement requirements since 2010.


Nintendo Green Partner

Kionix has satisfied the requirements of Nintendo's Green Partner certification through the practice of purchasing environmentally friendly parts and materials and by making a commitment to the conservation of resources wherever possible.

RoHS compliant

The products described below conform to Directive 2011/95/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union. Specifically, these products do not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) above the maximum concentration values (MCV) by weight in any of its homogenous materials. Homogenous materials are "of uniform composition throughout."