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AIM Composites test lab gains Nadcap approval

January 29, 2017 – AIM Composites’ test laboratory has been awarded AC7122/5 approval by the authority of the Nadcap Management Council for Non Metallic Materials Testing (NMMT). The facility is one of the first UK test laboratories to receive this accreditation, which complements AIM Composites’ UKAS accreditation.

Nadcap was established in 1990 as an industry-wide audit criteria for special processes and products for the aerospace and defense industry. Nadcap is supported and adopted by major OEM aerospace manufacturers including Airbus, Boeing and Rolls Royce and their supply chains.

Dominic Moore, test laboratory manager at AIM Composites’, said: “Gaining Nadcap accreditation is a fantastic achievement for AIM Composites’ test laboratories, and is recognition of our materials expertise and stringent processes. Nadcap accreditation is an important part of our continued progression plan, which includes the improvement of our fire and chemical analysis and mechanical performance test laboratories, supporting both production programs and the increasing requirements from our third-party customers.”

With the expanding demand for the use of advanced composite material in the global aerospace market, Nadcap accreditation is a natural progression for AIM Composites’ test laboratories. An upgrade of facilities is due for completion in the first quarter of 2017, which will expand AIM Composites’ capabilities to support additional research and development projects, alongside its more standard offerings. The lab is also looking to secure additional approvals for CS23 and to reinstate its mechanical approvals.

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