07 June 2011
07 June 2011
Alpha Composites have been awarded the AS9100 Revision C Certification, the quality management system specifically written to meet Aerospace industry production and manufacturing standards, by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance.
Ian O’Dell, Joint Managing Director said: “This is excellent news for everyone at Alpha Composites. As a specialist company in the design and manufacture of high quality carbon composite components for global industries including defence, renewables, security, sports and leisure markets, the AS9100 certification does give a competitive edge to our marketing, allowing us to expand into the broader Aerospace sector.” Alpha Composites have also adopted the SC21 change management system which they believe will work in tandem with the AS9100 to help motivate staff by defining their key roles and responsibilities. Formal introduction to SC21 has already taken place with staff, and apart from cost savings through less waste and improved efficiency, Alpha Composites are optimistic that customers will also benefit from a more standardised approach to quality, delivery and service, with improved customer and supplier relationships building a team approach to meeting customers' needs Kevin Higham, Joint Managing Director added: “There are clear indications that there are new market opportunities as the AS9100 and SC21 standards increasingly becomes a customer requirement in the Aerospace sector. Registration to AS9100 and SC21 demonstrates that we have an effective quality management system that satisfies the rigours of an independent, external audit and addresses the additional safety, reliability and quality concerns specific to the Aerospace industry”.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.