“For Lockheed Martin to do business with these companies, it has to be AS9100 certified. In general, major companies around the world require other companies to be ISO-certified to conduct business with the former. This strict guideline on quality standards for the aerospace industry helps them distinguish who’s worthy of an investment.
The AS9100, according to quality management experts, focuses more on how a product is made than what the product being made is. This simple concept virtually applies to other industry-specific standards. It gives customers (i.e. companies that worked with Lockheed Martin) an idea of how the company (i.e. Lockheed Martin) will use their resources.”