Element Materials Technology (Element) has seen one of its US-based polymer engineering experts appointed to the Energy Polymers Group (EPG) Board – one of the foremost international associations for polymer professionals.

Dr. Tom Walsh, General Manager of the Element Houston Laboratory, TX, has been appointed to the role of End User Director at the association’s 2020 election. Tom will serve on the Group Board of Directors as representative for users of equipment containing fabricated polymer products. The role involves identifying and liaising with institutions and industry trade groups undertaking potential polymer related activities with a specific emphasis on elastomers.

Matt Hopkinson, EVP Energy at Element, said: “Tom’s appointment emphasizes the depth of technical expertise and wider industry knowledge that our experts possess and the high regard with which they are held within the industry. Holding a key role within an internationally recognized organization is testament to the leadership skills that Tom possesses and we are confident he will make a significant contribution to the EPG.

“This appointment is further strong endorsement of Element’s position as the number one provider of materials and product qualification testing services to the Energy sector in the US. It also indicates the positive opinion held by the polymers community towards our expertise and ability to deliver results in a crucial industry.”

Element Houston is a specialist provider of machining services and testing of metals and non-metallics.  Fracture mechanics, corrosion, weld procedure qualification testing, failure analysis and air emissions testing are amongst some of the specialist services offered in the Houston laboratory. The facility operates both destructive and non-destructive laboratories including air emissions; tests a broad range of metal alloys, thermoplastics, composites and elastomers; has large scale and capacity sour service testing capabilities all within the same campus, dedicated to supporting the Oil and Gas, Petrochemical and Pipeline industries on the Gulf Coast of the USA and worldwide.



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; Energy; and Fire & Building Products sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.

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

On December 31, 2019 Element acquired PCTEST and announced the creation of a fifth sector – Connected Technologies – to provide leading global technology customers with wireless device and application testing and certification services.

About EPG

Founded in 1980 as the Energy Rubber Group in Houston, Texas, the Energy Polymer Group has grown over the years from a handful of dedicated individuals to a highly-recognized international association of approximately five hundred members. The EPG is a unique blend of polymer professionals, all dedicated to the advancement of polymer technology and education in the energy sector. We welcome you to take a few moments and find out more about the Energy Polymer Group here.

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This appointment is further strong endorsement of Element’s position as the number one provider of materials and product qualification testing services to the Energy sector in the US.

Matt Hopkinson

EVP Energy