New Nadcap Accreditation for Fluid Distribution Systems Is Fifth for Fine Tubes

Friday, November 3, 2017

New Nadcap Accreditation for Fluid Distribution Systems Is the Fifth for Fine Tubes

Plymouth, UK -- Reflecting its commitment to the strictest quality processes, Fine Tubes, a leading manufacturer of high-performance tubing, has secured Nadcap accreditation for Fluid Distribution Systems. This is in addition to accreditations the company already holds for Heat Treating, Non-Destructive Testing, Fusion Welding and Chemical Processing.

This latest award is a highly significant measure of the Plymouth, UK-based company’s capabilities in the manufacture of titanium (Ti-3-2.5) hydraulic system tubing for the aerospace industry. Fine Tubes is one of the very few suppliers qualified to produce the high-pressure titanium tubing used in the hydraulic systems on the Airbus A350 and A380.

Together with its other four Nadcap accreditations, this new achievement qualifies Fine Tubes for the industry-recognised AS5620 industry standard required by Boeing for its suppliers of titanium hydraulic tubing.

Phil Adderley, Director, Quality & Technical for Fine Tubes, commented, “Securing this fifth Nadcap accreditation very definitely puts us at the forefront of the industry and will significantly strengthen our position when bidding for new contracts. Customers will know that they can have every confidence in our ability along with our adherence to quality procedures and the compliance of our products with the most-demanding standards.”

Nadcap is an internationally-recognised accreditation system, administered by the Performance Review Institute (PRI), covering all key manufacturing and production processes used within the aerospace industry. To secure its Fluid Distribution Systems accreditation, Fine Tubes was audited by an independent industry expert against a series of stringent checklists.

Fine Tubes’ QA Manager, Rob Eatwell, added, “Our PRI auditor was extremely thorough during his two-day visit to our Plymouth site. But, we had prepared ourselves comprehensively. As a result, the audit went very well, and we are now one of the very few companies to hold five Nadcap awards simultaneously.”

Together with Superior Tube, Fine Tubes is part of AMETEK Specialty Metal Products. Both companies have supplied the aerospace industry with high-performance tubes for more than 50 years. Their precision products are used in airframes, aircraft engines and aerospace instrumentation, where they are relied upon to withstand the most-critical operating conditions.

Photo Caption: Phil Adderley, Director, Quality & Technical, and Rob Eatwell, QA Manager, for Fine Tues with fifth Nadcap Accreditation Certificate

Notes to Editors

About Fine Tubes

• Established 75 years ago, Fine Tubes is a leading metal tubing manufacturer with its headquarters and production facilities in Plymouth, UK, and sales offices in Germany (Meerbusch), India (Mumbai), Taiwan (Hsinchu City), Singapore (Changi) and in the United States (Collegeville, Pennsylvania) as well as several agents across the globe.

• The company manufactures both seamless and welded tubes in a wide range of stainless steel, nickel, titanium and zirconium alloys for critical applications in the aerospace, oil and gas, nuclear and power, chemical processing and medical equipment industries.

• After closely working with the SAFRAN Group, Fine Tubes was awarded a substantial share of the global tube sourcing contract for the delivery of high performance stainless steel, nickel and titanium alloy tubing to SAFRAN, its affiliates and subcontractors for the New Leap and Silvercrest engine programmes.

• Recent notable projects for which Fine Tubes has supplied specialist tubing include the Airbus A320, A330, A350 and A380 commercial aircraft models, Airbus Defence and Space, Airbus Helicopters and the highly anticipated Solar Orbiter project.

• Fine Tubes currently employs around 235 permanent staff and exports its products to over 35 countries worldwide, including Germany, China, India and the United States.

For more information, contact:
Bettina Schadow, Marketing Communications Manager at Fine Tubes, Plymbridge Rd., Plymouth, Devon PL6 7LG, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 (0) 1752 735851. Fax: +44 (0) 1752 73301.

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