Element Materials Technology’s Houston laboratory has been approved by IHI Corporation, Japan’s leading maker of jet engines, to conduct non-destructive testing (NDT) for the aerospace prime and its supply chain partners.

The approval for radiographic inspection enables the Houston laboratory to support testing for IHI’s suppliers in the aerospace sector. The facility was awarded Nadcap accreditation for aerospace NDT services in November 2016 and also holds the equivalent accreditation for its materials testing (MT) activities.

Rick Sluiters, EVP Aerospace, Element, commented: ‘’We are extremely proud of this achievement. The range of prime approvals in both NDT and MT testing at Element Houston means that we are better able to serve our customers in the Houston area by delivering substantial time and cost reductions for those clients who previously had to send their materials out of town to be tested and inspected.

With the acquisition of Exova, the Element Group is now the number one provider of aerospace testing services in the world. Our laboratories are strategically located to be close to our clients’ research, production and assembly facilities, enabling us to provide a local service on an international basis, improving efficiencies, and delivering cost savings for our clients.’’

Element Houston is a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary testing laboratory. It specializes in non-destructive and materials testing for metals and polymers, dedicated to servicing the global Aerospace and Oil & Gas sectors.