CINCINNATI, USA – October 9, 2012 - Element Materials Technology announces the appointment of ex- GE Aviation test engineer Matthew Webb to General Manager at Element Cincinnati. 

Before his role at GE Aviation, Webb spent ten years at MAR-TEST, with three of those years as director of the materials testing laboratory, prior to it becoming Element Cincinnati. Webb’s core responsibilities include identifying key industry trends, driving both innovation in service development and delivery, building stronger client relationships and implementing Element’s strategic move into pre-production testing. 

Colin Speedie, Vice President of US Operations, says: “Matthew has unparalleled experience both as an end-user at GE and inside the laboratory at MAR-TEST. This further strengthens Element’s technical expertise in understanding how testing data is utilised during product development for its clients. Matthew’s know-how will prove invaluable to our long-term strategy to increase Element’s market share within materials testing and I am very pleased that he is able to bring his depth of knowledge to the company.”

Matthew Webb, General Manager, says: “In my years at MAR-TEST I was directly responsible for ensuring the efficiency and accuracy of data accumulation from Low and High Cycle Fatigue testing, as well as Creep Rupture, Crack Propagation, and Fracture Mechanics Testing. At GE Aviation I was able to see exactly how this data is put to use, and I’m confident that this will serve Element well as we expand our core business and move further into Materials Development and Product Qualification Testing.”

This move is already underway in Cincinnati, with Element currently testing a significant portion of GE’s major R&D into Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC). Webb says: “We plan to grow this area of the business and I believe that by mid-2013 we will be a major supplier of CMC testing services to the Aerospace sector.”

Element Cincinnati provides testing services ranging from materials for jet engines and NASA space vehicles to artificial hip and spinal implants. The facility is Nadcap and A2LA accredited, and includes an impressive 110 Servo-Hydraulic systems, five Electro-Mechanical systems, and 36 Creep and Stress Rupture frames. 

Webb’s appointment further reinforces Element’s longer-term strategy for growth and recognition as the world’s leading supplier of metal and polymer materials testing for the aerospace and defense, oil and gas, power generation and transportation sectors.

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 1,600 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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