MARTINSVILLE, VA — Advanced surface coating technology company Hardide Coatings is now certified to coat aerospace, defense and space industry components in the United States.

The company’s production facility in Martinsville, Virginia, has received approval to the new, stringent AS 9100 Rev D quality management standard. This follows the award of AS 9100 Rev D certification to its UK production site in Bicester, Oxfordshire, in December 2017. The global certifying body Lloyds Register awarded both accreditations.

The Rev D version of AS 9100 includes an increased focus on senior management commitment, risk management and product safety requirements. It is a complement to ISO 9001:2015 and is specifically designed to meet rigorous aerospace industry requirements and enhance product safety and quality.

Philip Kirkham, CEO of Hardide Coatings, said, “We are very proud to have achieved this exacting standard, which opens up the North American aerospace market to us. We have recently added to our business development team in the U.S. and now have a dedicated North America VP Business Development who will concentrate on high-tech markets in the region, including aerospace. We are already involved with several major military and civil aerospace players with early-stage tests and development programs underway.

“This award supports our commitment as a company to the very highest levels of quality and to continuous improvement in all our processes and facilities.”

Hardide Coatings has Nadcap approval for its UK production facility, and aerospace customers include Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo. Customers in other sectors include leading companies operating in oil and gas exploration and production, valve and pump manufacturing, and precision engineering industries.

The company develops, manufactures and applies advanced tungsten carbide coatings to a wide range of engineering components. Its patented technology is unique in combining, in one material, a mix of toughness and resistance to abrasion, erosion and corrosion together with the ability to coat accurately interior surfaces and complex geometries.