LONDON, UK – November 16, 2015 – Underpinning its key strategy to offer clients world-class technical expertise across its international platform, Element Materials Technology today announced that it has completed the formation of a truly exceptional team of materials testing specialists to support the Global Oil & Gas sector.    

Marie Halliday, Global Coating Specialist and George Winning, Global Corrosion Specialist, join Barry Thomson, Global Polymers Specialist and Andy Barron, Global Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics Specialist, to lead the future technical development of Element’s material testing, product qualification testing and consultancy service offerings. Appointing leading Engaged Experts from across the Oil & Gas industry, Element’s Executive Management Team has delivered on its ambitious strategic objective in support of its goal of becoming the most trusted testing partner in the industry.   

Tasked to deliver Element’s long-term commitment to the Oil & Gas sector and respond to the needs of its key clients across some of the most challenging industry projects, this globally recognized team of experts will complement the existing Engaged Experts located across Element’s platform of laboratories.   

Charles Noall, President and CEO of Element, says: “Element took the decision two years ago to create a senior Oil & Gas team, comprising the very best technical talent in the industry, to drive the next stage of our strategy. We are delighted to have delivered on this objective now having such highly regarded technical specialists supporting our clients in this global industry.   

“Marie and George are recognized global leaders in their fields whose technical expertise will supplement the outstanding abilities of our existing team members. Our Global Oil & Gas Specialists will work in partnership with our key clients to develop both our existing and future service ranges as well as to direct any future technology investments we may choose to make.   

“Despite the current short-term industry trading conditions, Element will continue to strengthen its team of Engaged Experts to meet the technical and commercial challenges of the Oil & Gas sector, both now and in the future. Our focus remains on delivering our long-term objective to become the most trusted testing partner in the Oil & Gas sector.”   

The specialist team will oversee fatigue and fracture mechanics, corrosion, coatings and polymer testing across Element’s global Oil & Gas platform. Underpinning these four technical focus areas is Element's laboratory network with expert capabilities in sample preparation, materials science, welding technology and failure analysis, across Europe and North America at locations including Aberdeen (UK) and Houston (US). 

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 1,800 scientists, engineers and technicians work in 53 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 will continue to strengthen its team of Engaged Experts to meet the technical and commercial challenges of the Oil & Gas sector, both now and in the future.”

Charles Noall

president and ceo