Free Newsletter
Register for our Free Newsletters
Airport, Border and Port Safety and Security
Left Nav Sep
Left Nav Sep
Civil Aircraft
Left Nav Sep
Civil Airlines, Airports and Services
Left Nav Sep
Communications and Navigation
Left Nav Sep
Education, Training and Professional Services
Left Nav Sep
Manufacturing and Materials
Left Nav Sep
Military and Defence Facilities
Left Nav Sep
Military Aviation
Left Nav Sep
Military Vehicles
Left Nav Sep
Naval Systems
Left Nav Sep
Personal Equipment
Left Nav Sep
Software and IT Services
Left Nav Sep
Space and Satellite
Left Nav Sep
Weapons, Ammunition and Explosives
Left Nav Sep
View All
Other Carouselweb publications
Carousel Web
Defense File Logo
New Material Logo
Pro Health Service Zone
Pro Manufacturing Zone
Prosecurity Zone
Web Lec Logo
Pro Engineering Zone

Nadcap Aerospace Accreditation brings business boost

Keighley Laboratories : 24 October, 2014  (Company News)
The Technical Services Division of Yorkshire metallurgical specialist Keighley Laboratories was awarded world-class Nadcap accreditation for a Materials Testing Laboratory (MTL) last year, in the process achieving coveted Merit Status for a superior audit performance. As a result of this achievement and a consequent uplift in its worldwide industry profile, the division recorded an increase in sales in excess of 30%, with orders coming from as far afield as China. It is also reporting new business from the United Arab Emirates, which is set to become a global aerospace hub, as well as from the length and breadth of the UK.
Nadcap Aerospace Accreditation brings business boost
Established in 1990, the Nadcap initiative is a cooperative industry effort targeted at improving quality, while reducing costs, throughout the aerospace and defence industries. Today’s membership includes over 45 industry ‘prime’ contractors, including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Honeywell, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce, and the global aerospace supply chain that produces components for the primes. In 2012, Airbus announced it was using the programme to oversee suppliers of Special Processes and Keighley Labs consequently reaffirmed its prized Airbus approval, after securing Nadcap accreditation.
The Nadcap programme is recognised as the world’s premier quality audit scheme for special processes in the aerospace and defence industry. With this level of accreditation, a company can effectively gain access to worldwide suppliers of the aerospace and defence industries, with more than half of approved organisations reporting that Nadcap has helped to increase sales and gain new business, according to programme administrators PRI.
Nadcap Merit Accreditation is additionally attracting attention from other industries, such as the nuclear supplier chain, which place similar emphasis upon safety and quality requirements. This has enabled Keighley Labs to win metal tensile testing contracts within the UK nuclear industry, along with an influx of work from other quality-minded sectors.
One of the few Nadcap accredited MTL facilities in the UK, Keighley Labs has been successfully assessed for the evaluation of aerospace welds, micro and macro metallography, micro-indentation hardness procedures, mechanical test specimen preparations, and tensile, impact and bend testing. This particularly confirms the company’s international status as a centre of excellence for weld testing and inspection services, running alongside its UKAS certification to many commercial standards and specifications and Civil Aviation Authority Chapter A8-10 approval of its in-house weld specimen supervisors.
Pre-eminence in this safety-critical area has enabled Keighley Labs to win contracts from the Emirates, for verifying welding quality and procedures on test coupons submitted by the region’s aviation manufacturing industry, which produces aeroplane parts for primes such as Boeing and Airbus. It is also testing fabrications for the Chinese aerospace sector, which the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium recently hailed as "presenting huge, long-term opportunities for UK companies."
Bookmark and Share
Home I Editor's Blog I News by Zone I News by Date I News by Category I Special Reports I Directory I Events I Advertise I Submit Your News I About Us I Guides
   © 2012
Netgains Logo