Hardide Coatings Ltd, the provider of advanced surface coating technology, has gained Nadcap accreditation for Coatings. Nadcap is the world’s leading independent certification program for special processes within the aerospace and defence industry.
The accreditation, in addition to the company’s current certifications to AS9100, ISO9001 and ISO14001, means Hardide can expand its business in the aerospace sector and provide its advanced tungsten carbide-based coatings to any of the aerospace prime contractors or their supply chains worldwide. It follows the award in March 2017 of approved supplier status to Airbus Group and demonstrates the Company’s ongoing commitment to quality and process excellence.
Philip Kirkham, CEO of Hardide Coatings commented: “Aerospace is a key growth market for Hardide and this is a significant achievement and milestone toward realising the clear potential for our coating technology in this sector. An increasing number of aerospace companies require their suppliers to be Nadcap accredited so to be fully approved opens up the market to us. As well as cementing our position with customers such as Airbus, Leonardo and BAE Systems, it will qualify us to work with any of the prime contractors and their worldwide supply chains.”
“Congratulations to Hardide Coatings Ltd on successfully passing what may be the aerospace industry’s most stringent process capability assessment audit,” said Joe Pinto, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute. “Nadcap audit criteria are widely acknowledged to be hard to meet and companies like Hardide Coatings, who succeed at doing so, rightfully deserve recognition.”
Hardide Coatings developed Hardide-A for the aerospace and defence industry as a replacement for hard chrome plating, shortly to be banned under EU REACH regulations, and provide an alternative to HVOF, cadmium plating and other coating processes. The coating is approved by Airbus as an alternative to hard chrome plating.
Customers for Hardide coatings include leading companies operating in oil and gas exploration and production, valve and pump manufacturing, precision engineering and aerospace industries. The company has manufacturing facilities in Oxfordshire, UK and Virginia, USA.
Nadcap is a co-operative industry managed approach designed to ensure the highest standards of quality control, especially for the highly complex ‘special processes’ that are essential to the aerospace and defence industries. Membership includes industry prime contractors such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, EADS, GE Aviation, Honeywell, Leonardo Helicopters, Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, Triumph Group and UTC Aerospace.