#SMEsuccess: Aeromet International PLC – Sharing in Growth

Operating from three sites across the UK, Aeromet International PLC specialises in aluminium sand and investment casting, supplying aerospace and defence customers with a range of airframe and aero engine components including fuel system components, wing tips, doors and heat exchangers. Aeromet employs 260 people in foundries in Worcester, Rochester and Sittingbourne.

Aeromet is a beneficiary of the AGP’s Sharing in Growth (SiG) programme, aiming to drive improvements throughout the major value streams in the business to achieve business growth and align operational capability for the future.

As part of the Product Verification element of SiG, the support team focused on enabling Aeromet to achieve Nadcap accreditation, a new global aerospace standard.

With support from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the company’s Worcester site is the first in the UK to achieve Nadcap accreditation for Measurement and Inspection (M&I) which puts it in the first five in Europe and first 50 in the world to attain this standard in the globally competitive industry.

Simon Holliday, Managing Director, Aeromet said:

“The Nadcap Measurement and Inspection accreditation demonstrates our leadership in ensuring the quality of our products. It will not only improve our offer to existing customers, it will provide new customers with the confidence to work with us in the production of sand and investment castings.”

Aeromet’s major achievement demonstrates how focused industrial strategy, and support from Primes, can further enhance the UK supply chain. An exemplar initiative, it shows the value of programmes such as Sharing in Growth; bringing together technical experts from across industries, and guidance from Prime customers, to accelerate and support the growth of the UK supply chain, enhancing its capabilities.

Andy Page, CEO of Sharing in Growth said:

“Product verification is a key part of the Sharing in Growth programme as measurement and inspection is critical to effective and productive high value manufacturing. So SiG is delighted that, with our support, Aeromet is the first UK company to achieve this new global industry standard.”

The new Nadcap M&I accreditation standard has been adopted by aerospace Prime customers including Airbus, Boeing, and Safran.

A key Aeromet customer, Boeing supported the Nadcap M&I standard development. Jeffrey Luckey, vice president of Supplier Performance for Europe, Middle East and India for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said:

“Aeromet is a long standing supplier to Boeing so we are pleased to see them continuing to embrace Nadcap and we congratulate them on being first in the UK to achieve the standard.”

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