LONDON, UK – February 19, 2015 – Element Materials Technology has relocated its materials testing and failure analysis facility in Hengelo, the Netherlands, continuing the company’s strategic long-term investment in the Oil & Gas testing sector.

The laboratory further strengthens Element’s materials testing and product qualification testing (PQT) capabilities and expands the company’s capacity, particularly within mechanical testing and failure analysis in metal and polymer applications. This significantly increases the number of tests available from the new facility and enables Element to reduce its turnaround times by 20% by serving as a single, trusted testing partner for its clients’ projects.

Rod Martin, Element’s Executive Vice President, Oil & Gas, who attended the opening ceremony on February 10, comments: “Element Hengelo occupies a significant place in the history of Element, with it being the site of the company’s first-ever laboratory, built by Stork in 1912. Our newly relocated state-of-the-art facility in Hengelo demonstrates our commitment to continue investing in the future of the Oil & Gas industry. We remain vigilant about current industry forecasts, but our established partnerships with Major clients and ongoing involvement in advanced-stage projects means that our position remains business as usual.” 

Rod Martin concludes: “The Hengelo opening event was both a celebration of our heritage and the beginning of another successful chapter in Element’s history.”

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Element is a company with a global presence; its laboratories are staffed by experts specializing in materials testing, product qualification testing and failure analysis for the Aerospace, Oil & Gas and Transportation and Industrials sectors. Element’s team of 1,600 scientists, engineers and technicians work in 45 facilities located throughout the U.S. and Europe. For a complete list of Accreditations & Approvals and more information, please visit

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