Exova, the leading testing company, is to invest £3 million in creating a new world class corrosion centre to service increasing global demand.

The Exova Corrosion Centre, which will be based at Dudley in the UK and lead by renowned corrosion expert Dr Chris Fowler, will cement Exova’s reputation as a world leader in corrosion testing and services.

Exova Corrosion Centre Dudley

Exova’s Corrosion Centre will relocate from its existing premises in Dudley to a new 23,000 sq.ft. purpose-designed facility. The current facility in Dudley will continue as a dedicated materials testing laboratory.

The new facility will deliver a significant increase in autoclave capacity, routine corrosion testing as well as Slow Rate Strain and Full Ring testing. The new facility will be fully operational by September 2013.

In addition, the investment signals the recruitment of an additional ten corrosion experts and the creation of the ‘Exova Academy’ aimed at nurturing and training future generations of corrosion engineers for Exova and on behalf of its international customers.

Ian El-Mokadem, Exova’s CEO, commented on the investment. He said: “This investment demonstrates our commitment to further advance our corrosion testing and consulting capabilities. These technically demanding services give our customers the assurances they need regarding the safety and performance of materials and assets. By linking our global experts, through the Centre of Excellence, our customers can access the very best knowledge and capabilities wherever they are in the world.

“In this year alone we have already invested over £13 million developing our capabilities to support customers worldwide, with more investments planned in the coming years. This is one of a long line of strategic investments and the Exova Corrosion Centre will significantly increase our global capacity and enhance our leadership in the corrosion field.

“Establishing the ‘Exova Academy’ is also of major importance as this signals our commitment to help develop corrosion knowledge and expertise, while working with customers and industry partners to identify future trends and developments. Moreover, as a business we are passionate about nurturing and developing the experts of the future.”

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