Element has announced the acquisition of NDT Limited, one of the UK’s leading materials testing companies, significantly strengthening its non-destructive testing (NDT) services in Europe.
NDT Limited, headquartered in Sheffield, UK, is a UKAS and Nadcap accredited laboratory that offers a comprehensive range of NDT, mechanical testing and metallurgical testing including ultrasonic immersion inspection, ultrasonic contact inspection, dye penetrant inspection, magnetic particle inspection, radiographic inspection and eddy current inspection.
Tim Elwell, Managing Director, NDT, commented: ‘’We are very excited to partner with Element and complement their position as the leading provider for materials testing. Since 1986, NDT Ltd has held a strong reputation and market position and through Element’s Engaged Experts and innovation in advance testing solutions, the acquisition is an ideal fit in terms of further enhancing our capabilities to our customers.’’
Charles Noall, President & CEO, Element, said: ‘’We are delighted to enter this agreement with NDT, our first laboratory that specializes in immersion ultrasonic testing (IUT) in Europe. In the last few years, we have invested heavily in building our aerospace testing presence in Europe, including the relocation of our Sheffield laboratory to a new state-of-the art facility and the acquisitions of Exova, TEAMS in Seville, Spain and the materials testing (MT) laboratories of DNV GL in Germany.
Currently there is a very high demand from aerospace primes and the medical device sector to provide expanded capacity for IUT and with this investment we are now able to provide our customers with a single service provider for both materials testing and non-destructive testing services.’’
Rick Sluiters, EVP Aerospace, Element commented: ‘’We acquired this business to provide our European aero engine customers and suppliers with a model of services similar to that which we already provide to our customers in the United States. With the recent acquisition of Exova, we now have a dedicated IUT laboratory in Houston which, alongside our Rancho Dominguez, California facility - one of the largest NDT facilities in the country, provides our customers with NDT services to complement their destructive testing needs.’’
Element is the number one provider of aerospace testing services in the world, with 43 laboratories located in the Americas and Europe, that provide a comprehensive range of materials testing, product qualification testing and calibration services for the industry. With 29 Nadcap accredited laboratories, the highest of any independent materials testing company in the world, services include metallographic evaluations; fatigue and fracture toughness testing; creep and stress rupture testing; non-destructive testing; EMI/EMC testing; and hydraulics and pneumatics.