24 February 2010
24 February 2010
The New Zealand-based Technical Services laboratory of SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, has achieved laboratory accreditation by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) following a recent assessment.
SP-High Modulus say this development means it is now the first and only laboratory of its kind in the country to be accredited for mechanical testing of composite materials.
IANZ, the national New Zealand authority for the accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories, promotes the development and maintenance of good practice in testing and inspection.
The SP-High Modulus laboratory was assessed to the ISO standard 17025:2005, and was found to be competent in the field of mechanical testing for applications including strength and stiffness testing of hull sandwich laminates, ultimate bearing strength for wind blades and sailing yacht masts, and stiffness of filament wound industrial pipes.
Susan Lake, Head of Technical Services at SP-High Modulus, acknowledges the team’s recent improvements in quality management systems as a contributing factor to the successful accreditation. She says: “Recognition by IANZ is a fantastic achievement for the team and demonstrates that the SP-High Modulus Technical Services team is dedicated to providing the very best services in testing advanced composite materials.”
“It is a further boost to the company that following Gurit’s recent acquisition of High-Modulus, the New Zealand-based Technical Services team can now benefit from wider technical expertise within the marine business of Gurit. We now provide customers in New Zealand and Australasia with an even greater range of testing services and access to more specialist technical know-how,” Lake continued.
To maintain the standard and accreditation, SP-High Modulus has said it will be undertaking regular internal and documented audits, which will be made available for review by IANZ.