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The main purpose of these encounters, apart from promoting the French aerospace and defence industry and the quality of equipment produced by its members, is to capitalise on France’s prowess in the civilian and defence sectors, and foster new industrial partnerships.

The mission leader, Mr Marwan Lahoud, Chairman of GIFAS and Executive Vice President – International, Strategy and Public Affairs of the Airbus Group),was accompanied by five GIFAS Board members. By creating this opportunity to meet and enter into discussions with Japan’s industrialists they aim to strengthen the strategic French-Japanese partnership, by emphasizing the French manufacturers’ resolve to cooperate with their Japanese counterparts over the long term.



Who was the winner of Halifax Business ?

And the winner of Halifax Business of the Year 2016 is…. Pexa!!

Our supplier of surface coatings to the aerospace industry, Pexa Ltd, is very pleased and proud to be recognised with this award. Sponsored by Riley & Co. this award is for the top business,which meets the criteria off  “being able to demonstrate successful year on year growth in its sector, and having a strong commitment to innovation”.

2015 – 2016 has been a significant year for them. Moving to new premises and opening new sales offices in France and India has projected Pexa on the international stage and it is very encouraging for the team to be awarded this high-profile honour.


Congratulations to Pexa team!! We are proud of having so dynamic members.

Pexa wins Halifax Business of the Year 2016


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Pexa finalist in the British Coatings Federation Customer Service Award


The winner of the British Coatings Federation’s Customer Service Award will be announced next Thursday 24th November in Knutsford (UK) and Pexa is one of the companies selected in the final shortlist. We will be attentive next November 24th and keep you informed!!!

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Spectronics, welcome aboard!

It is official… Spectronics Corporation, manufacturer of Spectroline® products, becomes Aerochemicals’ 14th member!

Thanks to all of our valuable members, the Alliance creates a global business network allowing our member organizations to position themselves as leading suppliers for OEMs, MROs and Airlines.

Spectronics joins the dynamism of the alliance as our sole manufacturer of compliant LED UV-A inspection lamps.   Company representative Gerry Curry (Vice President – OEM and International Sales) says, “We are quite excited to be part of the Alliance and look forward to many years working together to support one another in the Aerospace Industry.”

Welcome aboard, Spectronics Corporation!


Founded in 1955, Spectronics Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of ultraviolet equipment and fluorescent materials. Their products are utilized for literally hundreds of markets and applications that demand uncompromising quality and reliability. They offer a full line of Spectroline® high intensity and compliant LED inspection lamps and equipment designed to meet the growing demands of the non-destructive testing industry. Their state-of-the-art products are built to exacting engineering standards at headquarters in Westbury, New York (USA).

Pexa expand their NDT team

Pexa, the official distributor of surface coatings and treatments to the aerospace, defence and electronic industries, also supplies products and services to the NDT industry. Pexa is the official distributor for NDT Products from Sherwin Babbco (Socomore NDT) and Sherwin Inc as well as the official distributor for Spectronics who manufacture the Spectroline range of inspection lights. Pexa have decided to expand their NDT team with the appointment of John Haslam who will provide a technical and support service to customers in the UK. John has over 8 years’ experience of hardness and conductivity testing and liquid penetrant inspection as well as 4 years’ experience in magnetic particle inspection. He said ‘I’m really looking forward to developing relationships with customers. NDT is a growing business for Pexa and I’m very pleased to be involved’.


Matt Lowthian, NDT Business Manager commented, ‘I am very pleased that John has joined the Pexa team. He brings with him an excellent working knowledge of the dye penetrant, magnetic particle inspection and ultrasonic fields. His input and enthusiasm with our current and potential customers will be invaluable’.
With the appointment of John, Pexa will be able to provide a more thorough service to NDT customers.


For more information, contact – Jim Rowbotham, Managing Director

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It’s official…

LORD Corporation Signs Agreement to Divest and License Coatings to SOCOMORE

(Cary, N.C. – August 29, 2016) – LORD Corporation has agreed to divest its Aeroglaze® and Chemglaze® product lines and license LORD® UltraConductive™ lightning strike protection (LSP) products for worldwide sales to Groupe SOCOMORE S.A.

LORD, however, will continue to manufacture all products for SOCOMORE through a toll manufacturing agreement. The acquisition, expected to close by the end of September, will not impact any LORD employees. Aerospace coating customers will benefit from the consolidated expertise of both companies in this strategic agreement.

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Look at NYCOTE LABORATORIES demo about their coating protection solutions

Nycote Laboratories’ unique coating protects metals from corrosion, friction, and conductivity.


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SOCOMORE, a world player in surface preparation, treatment and protection, and METAL-CHEK, a leader in non-destructive testing in South America, have formed a multi-year partnership through the creation of a joint-venture (J.V.) for the production and commercialization of aerospace & automotive products.

Created in March 2016, the Joint Venture SOCOMORE Ltda will be operational as of July 1st, 2016. For customers who order SOCOMORE products, the only change is the name of company that operates the commercial management and logistics. Trade details remain the same.

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Congratulations Socomore for the Surfair Congress Jury’s Award !!

SOCOMORE was taking part this week in the SURFAIR international conference in Biarritz (France).

Emilie CHAMPAGNE (European technical support) presented  the SOCOSURF TCS / PACS, a surface finishing line solution replacing the chrome VI (hexavalent) solutions on conversion and sealing process after anodizing. The presentation of SOCOSURF TCS / PACS took place during the SURFAIR session dedicated to environmentally-friendly technologies & compliance for surface finishing in aeronautic and space industries.

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Pexa invests for growth in France

Christophe MondouFor several years Pexa has provided an excellent service to the aerospace industry in France. Pexa supplies surface coatings and treatments to aerospace, defence and other high tech industries including oil & gas and electronics. Pexa has decided to expand its team in France and has recruited Mr Christophe Mondou to represent its business and to provide technical service and support to customers in the Southern half of France. Christophe has many years’ experience in technical sales roles and has an excellent track record in supplying the aerospace manufacturing sector.

Jean-Paul De Almeida, head of Pexa’s business in France said “With the appointment of Christophe we can provide our customers in France with a much more frequent and dedicated service. I will continue to take care of our customers in the North from our offices in Paris while Christophe will be available to provide a responsive and personal service in the South. Both our customers and suppliers will benefit from this investment. In addition we will be able to provide a better service to neighbouring French speaking countries such as Morocco”.

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