30 June 2015
30 June 2015
TRB Lightweight Structures (TRB) have successfully gained AS9100 (BS EN 9100) aerospace accreditation, adding to the IRIS (International Railway Industry Standard) and ISO 9001 certifications already in place.
According to TRB, AS9100 is the industry-recognised standard of quality and risk management for the aerospace and defence industry aimed at improving service standards and product reliability, which is supported by the world’s leading aerospace companies and supply chains.
With a strong history of providing lightweight solutions for transportation, especially for rail, obtaining AS9100 is part of a long term strategic investment programme by TRB in the growing aerospace sector, both in the UK and globally. It explains that additional new capacity and capabilities in the design and manufacture of lightweight composite materials have been made over the last 12 months to meet the needs of both its existing aerospace and defence industry customers and to secure new business in the future. Recent investments for manufacturing composites include the procurement of a new 3M x 1.5M autoclave system, designed and manufactured to meet the requirements of PD 5500, as well as the installation of a purpose built 4000 sq.ft clean room to ISO 14644 classification standards.
Commenting on this recent accreditation success, Richard Holland, Managing Director of TRB said, “As specialists in the design and engineering of lightweight composite solutions, we enjoy the challenges that the aerospace industry provides. Obtaining AS9100 now allows us to extend our expertise as an end-to-end service provider further into the heart of this demanding industry, as well as improving our service to existing customers in aerospace and defence.” Holland continued, “In the last 12 months, in addition to putting in place additional composites capabilities, we’ve been on a journey that has seen us implement many improvements across the business to raise quality and drive down costs. A key focus on production efficiency means that we are now able to offer significantly reduced lead times. As a result, we’re currently in the process of negotiating new contracts with a number of aerospace customers and we expect more to come on board now that we are AS9100 approved.”
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