babbco NDT expertise for you

BABBCO was founded in 1952. Today, it is the no.1 French NDT (non-destructive testing) specialist in dye penetrant and magnetic particle inspection.

It is a subsidiary of the SOCOMORE group, a company specializing in surface treatment, preparation and protection products.

NDT can be performed during or after manufacturing and maintenance operations to check the integrity of parts.

BABBCO’s team offers users advice on choosing the right dye penetrant and magnetic particle inspection products and equipment, and provides a range of related services.

We support the Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) requirements of our customers. We are:

A supplier of NDT consumable products

under the BABBCO, SKINCRIC and SHERWIN brands

A supplier of NDT-related services

reference photos, metrology, advice, repair and calibration of equipment, analyses, etc.

A supplier of equipment

metalloscopes, artificial fault calibration panels, magnetic field measuring devices, ambient and inspection light sources, radiometers and light meters, etc.

The primary objective of our ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certified Quality Assurance system is customer satisfaction.

We listen to our clients and principals in the aerospace, energy (including nuclear), automotive, rail and general mechanical industries, and we adapt to the different markets we serve by offering:

  • A variety of packaging formats for consumable products (aerosols, drums, barrels, containers)
  • Custom services
  • A quick intervention on our customers’ critical processes
  • Reduced lead times when necessary

We sell our products to over 1400 customers in 57 countries, either directly or via our network of distributors.

We strive to reduce the environmental impact of our products and offer a range of biodegradable penetrants for dye penetrant inspection, and water-based penetrants for magnetic particle inspection.


BABBCO is a member of Cofrend (the French Confederation for Non-destructive Testing).

We are actively involved in the standardization of dye penetrant and magnetic particle inspection:

  • 2 AFNOR CEN ISO WG9 experts
  • 1 ASTM Committee K expert
  • 1 Cofrend Permanent Scientific Committee expert
  • Participation in Nadcap meetings

Our locations

Our head office is located in Plaisir (Yvelines), Paris.

This site houses our Sales Teams, Customer Service, Technical Support, Manufacturing and Logistics, as well as our three laboratories:

  • R&D laboratory
  • Metrology laboratory
  • Analysis laboratory
  • Photo reference & sizing under UV laboratory

In addition to our own production at Plaisir, a global network of partners manufactures our consumable products in France, Holland and the USA.

Our group


BABBCO is a subsidiary of the French group SOCOMORE, which operates worldwide.

SOCOMORE mainly supplies  the aerospace market with five product lines:

  • Surface preparation, treatment and protection
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Coatings
  • Shims
  • Wipes and cleaners

To view the full range of  SOCOMORE solutions, visit .

The SOCOMORE group is a proud member of the Aerochemicals alliance.


Aerochemicals is a global alliance of independent aerospace chemical specialists. Its objective is to provide products and technical support to multinational customers with global needs.

Our partners

To best serve our customers, we have formed partnerships with global dye penetrant and magnetic particle inspection NDT specialists.


For over 50 years, we have been the exclusive European and African distributor of Sherwin Inc. (USA) dye penetrant inspection consumable products.

Since 1964, Sherwin Incorporated has offered a range of penetrants and related products for dye penetrant inspection. Sherwin products are included in the MIL-I-25135E and AMS-2644 Qualified Product List (QPL).


BABBCO is also the exclusive European distributor for Spectro-UV, the global leader in high quality fluorescent leak detection ultraviolet lamps and accessories for surface inspection.

Products in the Spectro-UV range meet the most recent international requirements and standards, including ISO 3059, ASTM 3022 and RRES 90061.

Would you like to become a BABBCO partner? Contact us!


Our customers

Our products, qualified by all the leading manufacturers and principals, meet all NDT standards (PMUC, ISO, AMS, etc.) and have enabled us to win many different customers, including:

EDF, SNCF, Safran, Dassault, AIR France, AIRBUS Defense and Space, AIRBUS Helicopter, Bureau Véritas, Arconic, Mecaprotec, Aubert & Duval, etc.