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For its 2nd time at the International Paris Air Show, SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is stating its aim to become the world no.1 in aeronautical maintenance in the field of non-destructive testing (MRO rating D1) by 2021.


- Step 1 : To strengthen its MRO activities internationally: creation of “SGS Aeronautics”.

- Step 2 : To be present, by 2020, at the main international airports (London, Paris, Madrid, Addis Ababa, Casablanca, Dubai, New York, Vancouver, Orlando, Rio, etc.); to enable technicians to reach the work location within 4 to 6 hours by plane, maximum.

- Step 3 : To obtain FAA, TCCA and ANAC approval to deploy the MRO offering in North and South America.

In Aeronautics, SGS mainly owes its reputation to non-destructive testing of parts in production.

At the International Paris Air Show 2017, SGS received Part145 approval giving it the green light to launch the MRO offering. Initiated in March 2018 for Europe and the Middle East, the activity is already taking off: 100% growth in 2019 and doubled staff numbers.

SGS Aeronautics therefore emerged from a desire to ramp up the Group’s internationalisation and development in aeronautical maintenance!

“We plan to inspect more than 1,000 engines by the end of 2019,” says Jérôme Relave, SGS Aeronautics CEO, with enthusiasm. “And with our new approvals that we hope to receive soon, we can target the North and South American markets, from our centres of excellence based in the world's main airports”.

Being located in airports is strategic. The more responsive technicians are at the work location, the faster the plane will leave the tarmac. This is an incalculable saving for manufacturers - “Our motto is based on the 3 Js: Just in Quality, Just in Time, Just in Price,” emphasises Mr Relave.

Since June 2018, SGS has been controlling the largest engine manufacturers in the EMEA markets.
“And we don't intend to stop while it’s going so well: in 2020 we will target Asian approvals for deployment in 2021,” concludes Jérôme Relave.


SGS is the world leader in inspection, verification, testing, and certification. Recognised as the benchmark in terms of quality and integrity, SGS has more than 97,000 employees and operates a network of more than 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world. In France, SGS currently has 2,800 employees working in more than 120 offices and inspection centres, and 33 laboratories. We provide our services throughout the supply chain and for a wide range of sectors such as agriculture and food production, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, consumer goods, transport, energy, chemicals, environment, and industrial services, etc.

Furthermore, in France, SGS is a major player in road safety. With the SÉCURITEST and AUTO SÉCURITÉ FRANCE networks, SGS is the no. 1 in automotive technical inspection, with nearly 2,000 testing centres. SGS France has also been accredited by the Ministry, since 23 May 2016, to hold the official driving theory test nationwide and in the overseas territories in more than 500 centres. With ObjectifCode, SGS France offers candidates in France the option of registering either as a private candidate or through their driving school via its interactive platform