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4/29/2013 | 1 MINUTE READ

Element Materials Technology acquires Delsen Testing Laboratories

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Delsen's strength in aerospace composites testing expands Element's presence in this fast-growing market.

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Element Materials Technology (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) announced on April 23 the acquisition of composite lab Delsen Testing Laboratories (Glendale, Calif., USA), a move that Element says significantly strengthens its position within the fast-growing aerospace composite testing market.

The purchase of Delsen further adds to Element’s capabilities and expertise in the commercial aerospace, power generation and transport industries, with the vast majority of Delsen’s activity falling within aerospace.

The acquisition follows Element’s recent investment in developing advanced facilities to test ceramic matrix composites, a material capable of dramatically increasing fuel efficiency in the next generation of aerospace engines.

Charles Noall, president and CEO of Element, says: “The primes are focusing their R&D budgets increasingly towards composite materials. As a result, the purchase of one of the most highly regarded composite testing laboratories in America marks a considerable step in Element’s strategy to become a market-leader in aerospace materials testing services, as well as the world’s largest dedicated materials testing provider.

Element notes that Delsen is Nadcap-approved and holds a number of major aerospace prime approvals; it also holds an excellent overall reputation for quality, expertise, and knowledge, making it an ideal addition to the Element Group’s existing capabilities.

“We envision Delsen becoming a center of excellence in aerospace composite materials testing," adds Noall. "The facility will enable Element to shorten lead times, increase productivity and extend our capability. With composites continuing to replace traditional metal applications in a variety of sectors, this acquisition sets Element at the forefront of a fast-growing, rapidly evolving industry.”

The purchase of Delsen by Element follows a number of significant acquisitions in the last 15 months, including one of America’s largest independent materials testing businesses, Sherry Laboratories (Daleville, Ind., USA). Other transactions include MAR-TEST (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA), Detroit Testing Laboratories (Warren, Mich., USA), and U.K.-based polymer engineering and testing specialists MERL. 

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