TROY, MI-X-Ray Industries, a provider of nondestructive testing (NDT) services to diverse industries, has announced its acquisition of Arcadia Aerospace Industries (Punta Gorda, Fla.), recognized for its expertise in the area of composite structures inspection. Arcadia provides Nadcap certified inspection of composite airframe components, as well as inspection system optimization consulting, design, upgrade and integrated system manufacturing to the aerospace industry where it is currently serving companies such as Boeing and Honda.
“The increasing use of carbon fiber composites for aircraft components has created a demand for inspection systems that can quickly identify potential quality issues,” says Scott Thams, president and CEO of X-Ray Industries. “The addition of Arcadia to our family of nondestructive and surface finishing technology companies helps to extend our expertise and tap into this growing market.”
According to a 2010 World Carbon Fiber Composite Market report, the global demand for carbon fiber composites is valued at $13.2 billion for 2012 with expectations to increase to $18.6 billion by 2015. To address this growing market, X-Ray Industries is investing $1.5 million in the Arcadia Aerospace facility including new leading edge ultrasonic inspection systems that will triple its capability for carbon composite airframe component inspection.