08/01/2016 Presentation of the Queen’s Award to USL

Earlier this year, it was announced that Ultrasonic Sciences Ltd (USL) had been chosen to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015 – International Trade. HM The Queen bestows the Awards on the advice of the Prime Minister, assisted by experts on an Advisory Committee, with only 105 recipients from the whole of the UK in 2015. To qualify for this award, an organisation has to achieve outstanding growth in overseas earnings relative to the business size and sector and also show steep year-on-year growth (without dips) in overseas sales over three years. In USL’s case this covered the period 2011-2013, when exports rose from £2.5 million to more than £6 million, representing almost 80% of total turnover in the final year. Large machines were manufactured and delivered to users in China and Japan, in addition to major sales in Europe, the USA and Australia.

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07/01/2016 Enrolment is now open for PAUT blended learning course

Bookings are now being taken for the first release in TWI’s suite of new blended learning courses, covering phased array ultrasonic testing.

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06/01/2016 Silverwing holds Asian distributors IPM

Due to the huge success of Silverwing’s April International Partners Meeting (IPM), held at its headquarters in Swansea, October 2015 saw the company hold an Asian IPM in Singapore. Distributors from 11 different countries attended the meeting, along with Silverwing staff from the UK and Africa offices.

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05/01/2016 Exova acquires Western Technical Services

Exova Group plc, a global testing services provider, has acquired Western Technical Services (WTS), a specialist provider of non-destructive testing and inspection of components and equipment in the food, dairy, brewing and pharmaceutical industries.

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04/01/2016 Open University establishes world lead in weld testing for safety-critical applications

To assist research into optimal procedures for welding aero engine fan blades, nuclear pressure vessels and other safety-critical fabrications, a new material testing capability has been developed at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK. The digital image correlation-based technique uses digital images to measure spatially-resolved deformation of test samples at elevated temperatures under vacuum. This method allows material property data of rapidly oxidising materials to be obtained at temperatures up to 900°C. The data can then be used to predict in-service deformation behaviour.

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