Barcelona, 9 December, 2014. Applus+, one of the world's leading testing, inspection and certification companies has obtained the NADCAP (National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) accreditation for its testing laboratory of composite materials in Shanghai. This is the first and only laboratory in China with this recognition, key for theaeronautical industry.
Shanghai’s laboratory will permit Applus+ to provide services to aeronautical producers with global interests, which have production centers in the Asian country, as well as to the emerging Chinese aeronautical industry.
The NADCAP accreditation confirms the Company’s technical competence to evaluate the conformity of non-metallic materials (composites). To achieve this recognition, Applus+ has supported on the experience of its European laboratories after years participating in aeronautical programs. Shanghai’s laboratory has been working for three years in order to provide solutions to manufacturers from several industries.
Global material laboratory network
With the accreditation of Shanghai’s laboratory, Applus+ increases its NADCAP laboratory network, currently formed by the facilities at Illescas and Bellaterra (Spain) and Bremen (Germany).
Illescas’ material laboratory (Toledo, Spain) is specialised in the quality control of aeronautical components fabricated with composite materials. This center is located amongst the core European aeronautical clusters foraeronautical composites and mainly works for Airbus and its direct suppliers.
Bremen’s material laboratory (Germany) is NADCAP accredited for both composite and metallic materials. It’s located in Bremen’s aeronautical cluster, where it provides materials to the main aeronautical component factories in North Germany.
Bellaterra’s material laboratory (Barcelona, Spain) is also NADCAP approved for both metallic and non-metallic materials and gives support to Applus+’s laboratory for aerostructures in Bellaterra, one of the global leading laboratories inmechanical testing for large components.
Applus+, a global company in testing, inspection and certification
Applus+ is one of the world’s leading companies in Testing, Inspection and Certification. It provides solutions for customers in all types of industries to ensure that their assets and products meet quality, health & safety, and environmental standards and regulations.
Applus+ achieved a turnover of €1,619 million in 2014, has over 20,000 employees and carries out business activities in more than 70 countries.