The Gateway Materials Test Center (GMTC) has earned a new, international accreditation that is expected to attract significantly more contract testing to the site. The center is the only site on the East Coast to receive this credential.

After nearly two years of focused preparation, the center received its ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Certificate of Accreditation from the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board. The GMTC has demonstrated technical competence in fourteen different areas according to international standards of laboratory management.

The GMTC specializes in the testing of Polymer Matrix Fiber Reinforced Composites, as well as textile and other materials testing services. The center also offers chemical analysis, SEM Imaging and consulting services.

While the GMTC has been serving companies that do not require the International Standard for a number of years, the new credential will now attract testing from companies that require the ISO/IEC 17025 Certification.

“One of the big advantages is our proximity to local aerospace companies needing these services and the fact that we are the only local test center focused on aerospace composites,” said GMTC Manager, Dr. Evan T. Kimbro. “This gives us the unique advantage of quick turn-around time and the ability for company agents to witness tests without any travel expense.”

The certification was made possible by funding awarded to the GMTC by the City of Greensboro. In 2015, the center received a total of $135,000 through the city’s Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) Challenge. These funds helped support the certification effort and will further support its next phase of growth.

“Our goals when we developed the Gateway Materials Test Center were to provide an important technical service to local industry and create jobs in Greensboro,” said Dr. Jim Ryan, founding dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. “Achieving ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation is an important achievement in this effort that will enable the GMTC to hire student interns and professionals as the testing demand expands.”

The center is a program of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (JSNN), and it is administered by Gateway University Research Park.