LONDON, UK – August 3, 2020 – Element Materials Technology (Element) has been awarded an expansion to the scope of its existing ten-year LTA with FRISA to include all four of FRISA’s major business units: Aerospace, Forge VG, Forge SC, and Precision.

Under the agreement, valid through November 2026, Element will provide materials testing of critical forged components predominantly for use in aircraft and industrial gas turbine engines, as well as immersion ultrasonic testing (IUT). Testing will be conducted primarily by Element’s Monterrey laboratory located approximately 10 km from FRISA’s sites in Mexico, with the remainder performed by its Houston Baythorne, Hartford and Rancho Dominguez laboratories in the US. This critical work is essential to the client achieving certification of their manufactured forged components for aerospace and power generation end-use.

The testing program includes: chemical etch, hardness, impact, ASTM E 606 low cycle fatigue, mechanical ultrasonic and stress and creep rupture testing; metallography, image, chemistry and failure analysis and consultancy; and fluoride penetrant inspection. In addition, Element will work collaboratively with the customer to perform joint forecasting and priority planning with all work meeting Nadcap and ISO 17025 standards, as well as FRISA’s internal quality standards and the unique quality standards of their customers.

Rick Sluiters, EVP for Aerospace at Element, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this expansion of scope to provide technically demanding services and local support and expertise to one of our key customers from our purpose-built Monterrey facility. Our long-standing relationship with FRISA, built over many years working with them (as Exova) in Mexico, brings real knowledge and understanding of their specific needs along with the accreditations and approvals required to service their testing needs.  

This contract further complements our position as the global leader in aerospace materials testing and we look forward to supporting FRISA for many more years to come.”

Francisco Aldecoa, Quality Manager at FRISA, said: “We are delighted to have increased the scope of our LTA with Element following this latest addition of ultrasonic testing capabilities at their Mexico facility. Element has always been invested in growing with us as customer demand and NDT requirements evolve, and our long-term relationship has been consistently fruitful in terms of adding value for our customers.”

Element has over 80 years’ experience in commercial aerospace testing and dedicates more than 3,000 technicians, engineers and scientists to the sector. The company has 38 Nadcap-accredited laboratories with 49 Nadcap accreditations, and its customer approvals, technical expertise, and geographical footprint is unrivalled in the aerospace testing, inspection and certification industry.


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.

On December 31, 2019 Element acquired PCTEST, significantly scaling Element’s position in the high growth connected technology and IoT end markets, to provide leading global technology customers with wireless device and application testing and certification services through laboratories in the US, Japan  and Korea.

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.


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