Bodycote's Empalme, Mexico Plant Achieves Multiple Aerospace Accreditations

MACCLESFIELD (U.K.) – Worldwide thermal processing specialists Bodycote today announced the company’s facility located in Empalme, Northwest Mexico, has achieved Nadcap accreditation as well as prime approvals for Rolls-Royce Aero Engines, MTU Aero Engines and Pratt & Whitney Canada. The Empalme plant was established to support aerospace OEMs and the local supply chains in Mexico’s rapidly expanding aerospace industry.

The facility will receive its official inauguration on 16 May 2013, with a ceremony which is to be attended by key dignitaries including Justin McKenzie Smith, Chargé d'affaires of the British Embassy in Mexico; Sarah Hildersley, Director of UK Trade and Investment in Monterrey; Matthew Alty, Vice-President of Bodycote’s Surface Technology business and Mike Sobieski, Vice-President North America Operations of Bodycote’s Aerospace, Defence & Energy division, as well as distinguished guests from a range of regional aerospace companies and organisations.

Tracy Glende, President of Bodycote’s global Aerospace, Defence & Energy division says: “Obtaining Nadcap accreditation is the key to unlocking new potential in the Guaymas region and beyond. It opens the way for Bodycote Empalme to widen its customer base and provides greater visibility of the capabilities of the plant. We look forward to driving on and adding to our thermal processing and coatings portfolio in the very near future.”

Bodycote’s core business is to provide services that protect and improve the properties of metals and alloys, thereby improving the material properties of components, extending their operational life and making them safer. The company plays a vital role in the aerospace supply chain.

Paul Dymond, Senior General Manager for the Empalme plant, adds: “The presence of a Nadcap accredited facility enables companies in the State of Sonora to access the highest quality heat treatment and brazing services, and provides a cost-effective option for aviation and power generation manufacturers within the region, enabling them to achieve complete processing without transporting parts back to the USA.”

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With more than 190 locations in 26 countries, Bodycote is the world’s largest provider of thermal processing services. Through heat treatment, metal joining, surface technology and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP), Bodycote improves the properties of metals and alloys, extending the life of vital components for a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defence, automotive, power generation, oil & gas, construction, medical and transportation. Customers in all of these industries have entrusted their products to Bodycote’s care for more than 30 years. For more information, visit