LONDON, UK – September 26, 2014 – Element Materials Technology is to open a new high pressure high temperature (HPHT) laboratory at Element Hitchin, UK, more than doubling its capacity in evaluating and qualifying materials for Oil & Gas sector clients. 

The new laboratory features state-of-the-art, mobile control systems for monitoring pressure and temperature that have been designed and developed specifically for the new laboratory. Element Hitchin’s existing HPHT facilities have now been consolidated into a single purpose-designed facility, improving efficiency and customer lead times.

Rod Martin, Element’s Executive Vice President, Oil & Gas, says: “Element Hitchin is a world-leader in Oil & Gas non-metallic materials testing and product qualification. Doubling the number of pressure vessels within the facility will ensure that we continue to meet our Oil & Gas customers’ growing needs for non-metallic materials testing.”

Element Hitchin currently conducts numerous industry-recognized testing and qualification standards, including NORSOK M-710 for testing non-metallic (polymer) sealing and ISO 23936 parts one and two for qualifying non-metallic materials in equipment for Oil & Gas production environments.

Element’s CEO, Charles Noall, will host the opening ceremony on October 21, to be attended by key clients. This event will then lead into Element’s Oilfield Engineering with Polymers 2014 conference (formerly the MERL conference), held in London, UK, from October 21-23, 2014.

About Element: 

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 1,540 scientists, engineers and technicians work in 43 laboratories located throughout the U.S. and Europe. For a complete list of Accreditations & Approvals and more information, please visit

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“Element Hitchin is a world-leader in Oil & Gas non-metallic materials testing and product qualification.”

Dr. Rod Martin

EVP, Oil & Gas