Nadcap, the aerospace certification body, has renewed its accreditation of the Toulouse laboratory of Exova, the global materials testing provider.
Nadcap accreditation is required by many of Exova's high profile customers including Airbus, GE Aviation and Safran, and is recognised in the industry as a top accreditation which is difficult to achieve and to keep due to the technical skill levels required.
The renewal covers the next five years, and accredits Exova Toulouse to perform a number of tests on metallic specimens including machining, mechanical tests, metallography and salt spray corrosion. The Nadcap auditing process involved a rigorous evaluation process.
Pascal Escola, general manager of Exova Toulouse, said: "Achieving renewal of the Nadcap accreditations was a big challenge for the team and our result is a recognition of the skills and quality of the work carried out day-to-day at the lab.
"All the Toulouse staff have demonstrated their commitment to customer service, professionalism and continuous improvement of the services we offer."
The Toulouse lab is located at the heart of the world's largest aerospace cluster, and is responsible for administering the global Proficiency Test Programme (PTP) on behalf of Airbus, GE Aviation, Safran Group and Eurocopter.
Toulouse specialises in strain and load controlled fatigue testing at low and high frequencies, crack propagation and fracture toughness of airframe and aircraft engine components and materials. The lab also offers a comprehensive suite of tests for the testing of non-metallic composite materials.