London, UK – July 2, 2018 Element Materials Technology (Element) has today completed the acquisition of vohtec Qualitätssicherung GmbH (vohtec) in Germany, significantly strengthening its European transportation footprint. In June 2018, Element announced that it had entered into a binding agreement with vohtec subject to obtaining German regulatory approvals which have now been secured.

The vohtec laboratories in Southern Germany comprise four DIN EN ISO 9001: 2015 and DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025: 2005 accredited facilities in Aalen, Altbach, Garching and Bad Friedrichshall, employing 360 engaged experts specializing in destructive and non-destructive testing focused on the transportation sector.

John R. Nelson, EVP, Transportation & Industrials commented: ‘’We are delighted to officially welcome vohtec to the Element Group. The acquisition of these four laboratories, strategically located in close proximity to some of the largest automotive OEMs and their supply chair partners, is a significant step towards our goal of becoming the recognized market leader for automotive testing in Europe.

As the leading provider of automotive testing services in North America, we aim to provide our European customers with a similar range of services to that which we already provide our clients in the United States and Canada.’’

vohtec is the leading material testing provider to the German automotive sector delivering more than 30 different destructive and non-destructive materials testing methods including liquid penetrant inspection (PT); radiographic inspection (RT); eddy current inspection; visual inspection; tomography, tensile testing; impact testing and failure analysis.

About Element 

Element specializes in providing a comprehensive range of materials and product qualification testing, consulting, certification and calibration services to the global Aerospace; Fire & Building Products; Oil & Gas and Infrastructure; and Transportation & Industrials sectors.

Element’s expanded network of 6,500 Engaged Experts operate out of nearly 200 laboratories in more than 30 countries and are trusted by organizations to test and advise on the safety, quality, performance and compliance of their products, systems and operations.

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“The acquisition of vohtec is a significant step towards our goal of becoming the recognized market leader for automotive testing in Europe.”

John R. Nelson

evp, transportation & industrials