FACC composites test center gains ISO certification

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The CoLT compoistes test center in Austria

Composites supplier FACC’s test center in St. Martin im Innkreis, Austria has achieved ISO/IEC 17025 certification. 

The FACC subsidiary Composite Lab and Test Center (CoLT) analyzes, qualifies and certificates composite materials and components used in the aerospace sector. FACC supplies structural components, engine components and passenger cabins for commercial aircraft, business jets and helicopters including Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, Sukhoi, and COMAC. The company employs around 3,400 employees worldwide

ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation demonstrates that a laboratory is technically proficient and able to produce precise and accurate test and calibration data. The Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital, Business and Enterprise (BMDW), which gave the certification, described the implemented quality standards as “exemplary”.

Speaking at the accreditation ceremony, Christoph Schöndorfer, managing director of CoLT, said, “We are particularly pleased to have been certified in accordance with this strict quality standard. This achievement not only demonstrates that a focus on quality guides our way of thinking and acting throughout the entire testing process – we also view this as an important factor contributing to the continuous expansion of our range of services as a proven technology partner for our customers.”

Marianne Buchinger, head of quality management at CoLT, said, “In order to ensure compliance with the demanding ISO standards, we have conducted a comprehensive analysis of our work processes and documented them in a quality management manual. It makes the individual work processes within the company more transparent and therefore allows quality to be measured. 

“The implemented quality assurance and quality management system can make a significant contribution to the identification and fulfillment of customer requirements by structuring and optimizing internal processes throughout the entire company.”

February 26, 2018

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