London, UK – November 16, 2018 – Element Materials Technology (Element) has today announced that it has acquired Cobham Technical Services Lightning Testing & Consultancy, a lightning test and consultancy specialist, from Chelton Limited.

Located in Abingdon, UK, the test facility provides comprehensive lightning testing services and consultancy to the aerospace and defense sectors and is the only commercial laboratory in the country with the capability to test aero-structures for the effects of direct lightning strikes (DO160/ED14 Section 23 testing).

Its fully-equipped lightning simulation laboratory also specializes in testing for indirect effects on electrical equipment and systems, and high voltage testing of antennas and windscreens of up to 500kV. Its team of eleven highly specialized experts provide consultancy on all stages of aircraft lightning protection design and certification.

Rick Sluiters, EVP Aerospace, commented: ''We are delighted to welcome Cobham Technical Services Lightning Testing & Consultancy, a recognized leader in the lightning test and consultancy business, to Element.

This acquisition adds direct lightning testing to our capabilities, which means that we are now able to offer the full-suite of DO160 services, enabling time-to-market advantages through shorter testing turnaround times - saving our customers time and money.''

Element is one of the largest independent providers of product qualification testing services to the global aerospace sector. With more than 80 years of sector experience in both commercial and military aircraft and more than 3,000 technicians, engineers and scientists, located in the USA, UK, Europe and China, the Group works in close partnership with all of the aerospace primes and their supply chain partners to help them to develop better components, products and systems to support their drive to produce lighter, more fuel efficient aircraft.

About Element 

Element is one of the world’s leading independent providers of materials and product qualification testing, inspection and certification services to the global Aerospace; Transportation & Industrials; Fire & Building Products; and Oil & Gas and Infrastructure sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.

We exist to help our customers to make certain that the materials, products and systems that they make are safe, quality, compliant and ultimately fit for purpose, leveraging 200 years of testing experience and our global testing capabilities.

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We are now able to offer the full-suite of DO160 services, enabling time-to-market advantages through shorter testing turnaround times - saving our customers time and money.

Rick Sluiters

EVP, AEROSPACE