LONDON, UK – September 22, 2014 – Element Materials Technology, the largest independent materials testing company in the US, announces substantial investment in its Wixom, MI laboratory, significantly improving transportation industry customer lead times. 

Element Wixom’s investment is increasing testing capabilities and equipment by adding new water jet cutting capabilities, including a large 5 ft. x 5 ft. bed for faster precision sectioning of components and coupons, regardless of material grade, heat treatment or surface coating and up to six inches thick. There is also an additional surface grinding and notching capacity for Charpy V-notch (CVN) impact specimen preparation.

Chris LaMothe, Element’s Executive Vice President, Transportation and Industrials, comments: “We are delighted with the investment at Element Wixom. By targeting both increased capability and our operational procedures we sought to further expand and improve the laboratory.

“The results speak for themselves. This lead time improvement allows us to serve our clients more than 25% faster than before with newly streamlined and traceable procedures. Through continual improvement and investment we aim to deliver excellent quality and rapid testing turnaround. Element Wixom’s location is a key part of the strong presence Element has in the Detroit area with a total of four Element laboratories servicing the center of the automotive market in the US.”

In addition to the new capabilities, investment in operational restructuring through 5S and lean continuous process improvement will reduce test completion times and report delivery to clients. The ongoing re-structuring of our internal operations minimize bottlenecks and identify critical paths with customer deadlines.

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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“This lead time improvement allows us to serve our clients more than 25% faster than before with newly streamlined and traceable procedures.”

Chris LaMothe

EVp, Transportation & Industrials