Advanced Engineering UK Show 2018 - PRODUCT NEWS

Farécla Products are pleased to announce that the winning bonnet of their first ever

Apprentice & Student Bonnet Painting competition will be on display at their Advanced Engineering 2018 stand (Q145) with an award ceremony on Wednesday 31st at 12:30pm.

Picture (L-R):Grand Prize winning bonnet by Elliot Campbell from The Figaro Shop (Didcot) next to judges NCRC's Daryl Head, AkzoNobel's Global OEM Technical Program Manager George Sneddon and Farécla's Brand Manager & Graphic Designer Tom French next to the runner up bonnet by Agnieszka Szenfeld from Motofix (High Wycombe) Picture:Grand Prize winning bonnet by Elliot Campbell (24) of the Figaro Shop (Didcot) - a classic MINI bonnet with a Farécla twist in accordance with the competition design brief

Launched in National Apprenticeship Week in March 2018 - the Apprentice & Student Bonnet Painting Competition was devised to highlight, encourage and reward young talent within the UK automotive refinish industry.

Farécla were hugely impressed with the number and high standard of finished bonnets submitted throughout the competition and the skills demonstrated in each entry.
Elliot Campbell (24) of the Figaro Shop (Didcot) was declared the winner live on Farécla's facebook on October 3rd by AkzoNobel's Global OEM Technical Program Manager and Chairman of Judges (joined by Nationwide Crash Repair's Daryl Head - silver medallist at the last World Skills in Abu Dhabi and Tom French - Brand Manager & Graphic Designer at Farécla).

David-John Cousins, Marketing & Sales Assistant at Farécla explained: "The Farécla stand (Q145) is a gallery of beautiful exhibits created by our customers (including The Cambridge Drum Company and Davida Helmets), all of them polished with Farécla products, so Elliot's bonnet is a perfect addition to the collection - representing Farécla's notable history within the automotive sector, as well as its support for young people entering the industry."

The competition judges will be presenting Elliot with a cheque for £1000, a Farécla polishing machine and a complete set of Farécla polishes including the NEW Farécla G360 Super Fast System on Stand Q145 at 12:30 on Wed 31st October 2018.

For more information - including interviews with Elliot and the grand finalists - visit or Farécla's Advanced Engineering profile.


UKAS accredited test laboratory achieves NADCAP accreditation for testing composite materials for the aerospace industry

R-Tech Materials, one of the UK's leading test laboratories for composite materials, is pleased to announce that it has achieved Nadcap accreditation for the testing of non-metallic materials for the aerospace industry. The scope of accreditation covers a range of mechanical tests on composite materials, and opens the way for R-Tech to offer its testing services to the aerospace sector.

Nadcap, previously known as the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program, is a global industry-led effort to improve quality and efficiency in the aerospace and defence industries. Nadcap brings together prime contractors, suppliers and government representatives to achieve a standardised and streamlined approach to quality assurance, auditing and accreditation throughout the supply chain.

Nadcap accreditation is a requirement for entry into the safety-critical aerospace materials testing market. Nadcap assessors are industry specialists, applying the highest level of professional scrutiny to the test procedures and methods of approved laboratories. At the time of their assessment of R-Tech Materials, they commented on the quality of our test procedures, which were some of the best they had seen.

R-Tech has been accredited by UKAS for testing of polymer and composite materials for many years, and has one of the widest scopes of accreditation for these materials of any test laboratory in the UK. The laboratory is already recognised as a global testing partner in the marine industry. This accreditation now enables R-Tech to offer its highly regarded testing services into the aerospace sector.

Supporting its testing services, R-Tech is also able to offer laboratory-based materials investigation services, including reverse engineering, failure analysis, product characterisation and problem solving. R-Tech also has extensive experience of partnering in publicly and privately funded research and development contracts.

R-Tech Materials Managing Director, Dr Tony Franks acknowledges the achievement which the new Nadcap accreditation rewards:

"As a business we have invested in the latest testing equipment and software, and our well-qualified and experienced staff have worked hard to develop our testing capabilities to achieve this accreditation. We are delighted that this confirms our position as a significant player in the market for testing composite materials".

R-Tech Materials Composites Manager, Dr Geraint Havard is enthusiastic about the opportunities that the Nadcap accreditation brings:

"The aerospace sector represents some 70% of the composites testing market. We already have a great reputation with our clients, for customer service and short turnaround times, and we know that we have the technical and commercial base to be a very competitive player. We are already speaking to aerospace clients about their requirements, and expect to see significant growth in the next couple of years".

R-Tech Materials is a group of materials testing, analysis and consultancy businesses based in Port Talbot, South Wales, consisting of R-TECH Services Ltd, a UKAS and Nadcap accredited materials testing and analysis business, and R-Tech Consultants Ltd, specialists in laboratory-based and plant-based materials investigations.

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