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Umeco Composites Process Materials USA recommended for certification to AS9100 Rev C

News International-French

5 Oct 2011

Umeco Composites Process Materials’ operation in the USA – Richmond Aircraft Products, Inc. – announced on the 3rd of October 2011 that following an audit, the company has been recommended for certification to AS9100 Rev. C.

This standard is the quality management system (QMS) for the aviation, space, and defence industries developed by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG).  The overall objective of AS9100C is aimed at improving product quality and on-time delivery.


A partial list of major changes for AS9100 Rev. C is below:
• To incorporate ISO9001:2008 changes
• To expand the AS9100 scope to include Aviation, Space & Defence
• A new requirement to address project management
o Organizations must ensure the product realization process is planned and managed in a structured and controlled way
• A new requirement for a risk management process
o A risk management process must be implemented which must consider responsibility, criteria, mitigation, and acceptance of risk
• Process control is required to identify and address special requirements, critical items, and key characteristics
• The organisation is required to measure on-time delivery and product quality, and ensure appropriate actions are taken if the planned objectives are not achieved
• The organization is required to formally monitor customer satisfaction data, and ensure appropriate actions are taken to address deficiencies
Richmond Aerovac’s approach to quality as a continuous process in all aspects of our business activity is underlined in the successful outcome of this audit.  We are proud to be able to have attained this standard.



About Umeco
Umeco provides a complete range of advanced composites materials and associated ancillary materials, principally to the aerospace, motorsport, automotive, defence and wind energy markets.

Listed on the London Stock Exchange, Umeco had turnover of £409.4 million in the year to 31 March 2010.

Customers include: Boeing, Airbus, BAE Systems, manufacturers of wind turbines, a number of manufacturers of high performance supercars and Formula One teams.

About Richmond Aerovac
Richmond Aerovac develop, manufacture and distribute high performance vacuum bagging consumable materials and innovative product solutions to the advanced composite industry.  With their value added product solutions - including reusable and welded vacuum bags, kits and formats – Richmond Aerovac provide a unique service to the advanced composite market.  Richmond Aerovac’s 30 years of experience in the industry has given them a deep understanding of their customers, and the dynamic requirements of this industry, making them the technology specialists.

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