Element completes acquisition of Metals Testing Company


Element has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Metals Testing Company (MTC), significantly strengthening the Group’s aerospace non-destructive testing (NDT) platform.

Located in Connecticut, USA, MTC is a Nadcap-accredited special processor, providing a complete range of NDT services and related chemical processing, with a unique niche service focused on titanium critical rotating parts. Inspection services include immersion ultrasonic testing (IUT), fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI) and magnetic particle inspection (MPI). Chemical processing includes blue etch anodize, chemical etch, anodic etch, nital etch, swab etch, pre-penetrant etch, grain flow detection etch and chemical milling.

Rick Sluiters, EVP Aerospace, Element, commented: "We are delighted to officially welcome MTC to the Element Group. In the past few years, we have invested heavily in expanding our NDT platform in order to meet the strong increase in production, especially for LEAP and PW1000 engines, which the aerospace industry is experiencing.

"We are global leaders in providing our clients with the latest state-of-the-art testing and inspection services, including high-demand services such as digital X-ray, immersion ultrasonic and etching services. With laboratories in the following locations: Rancho Dominguez, California; Portland, Oregon; Houston, Texas; Hartford, Connecticut; Monterrey, Mexico; and Sheffield, UK, we are constantly investing in increasing our capacity, capabilities, technical expertise and geographic reach, enabling us to provide a local service on an international basis, improve efficiencies and deliver cost savings for our clients.’’

Element is the number one provider of aerospace testing services in the world, with 44 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 30 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, NDT, electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing and hydraulics and pneumatics.