MATERIALS TESTING 2015 TO FEATURE WORLD LAND-SPEED RECORD ATTEMPT CAR TELFORD, UK — Materials Testing, a world exhibition of nondestructive testing, materials testing, condition monitoring and diagnostic technology, returns this year with a new range of features and industry speakers. Materials Testing 2015 will take place from Sept. 8-10 in Telford, U.K. Taking center stage at the exhibition will be the fullsize Bloodhound SSC Show Car. The Bloodhound SSC vehicle, which is currently under construction in the U.K., is due to undergo low-speed trials later this year before being shipped to South Africa in preparation for an attempt to break the world land-speed record of 763 mph. Visitors will have the chance to learn about the challenges involved in inspecting the vehicle, which will be powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter Typhoon jet engine and is capable of reaching speeds of up to 1,000 mph. Materials Testing 2015 promises to be the biggest and best exhibition to date, with over 70 exhibitors. Entry is free for visitors, who will benefit not only from a concentration of materials testing innovation, but also from a program of seminars covering the practical aspects of NDT and related technologies. The event is organized by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) and will run alongside its annual conference, NDT 2015, providing additional networking opportunities. The Bloodhound SSC talks will take place on Sept. 9. Materials Testing is the most comprehensive event of its type for the NDT industry, bringing together the latest technologies from companies around the world. It allows equipment producers, NDT practitioners and users alike to keep up to date, make new contacts and win new business. The International Centre in Telford, in the West Midlands, is less than one-and-a-half hours from three international airports and only five minutes away from the U.K. rail and motorway networks. PEOPLE NEWS LMI Aerospace named Gerald E. “Jerry” Daniels chairman of its board of directors. “Jerry has proven himself an invaluable member of LMI’s board as the company implements its strategy to grow the business,” said LMI Chief Executive Officer Dan Korte. “His decades of corporate and operational leadership in the aerospace and defense industries will continue to serve LMI well in his new role as chairman of the board.” Daniels succeeds Ronald S. Saks, the former chief executive of LMI, who served as the board’s non-executive chairman since March 2014. Saks remains a member of the board and serves on its corporate governance and nominating committee. With Daniels’ appointment as chairman, John Eulich vacates his role as lead director. Eulich remains a member of the board, is now chair of the corporate governance and nominating committee, and continues his service on the audit committee and compensation committee. Daniels has been a member of LMI’s board since July 2014. In addition to serving as chairman of the board, he serves on the Audit committee. Daniels is the former chief executive and vice chairman of Engineered Support Systems Inc., and former chief executive of Boeing Military Aircraft and Missile Systems. BUSINESS NEWS Element Materials Technology purchased TraC Global in a deal that represents Element’s largest single acquisition to date. In March 2015, Element announced that it had entered into a binding share purchase agreement with Bioquell PLC to purchase TraC. The purchase expands Element’s aerospace footprint in Europe with the addition of six UK laboratories and capabilities in EMC (electromagnetic compatibility), vibration and environmental simulation, safety, radio, telecoms, explosive atmosphere testing (ATEX), finite element analysis (FEA) and early stage qualification (ESQ). The deal adds 30 EMC testing chambers to the Element Group, including a heavy vehicle semi-anechoic chamber (HVSAC) with an 18m x 14m working volume and capacity for 70 ton floor loading, which is one of only three in the UK. Element’s continued investment in its aerospace product qualification testing (PQT) offering ensures that it remains uniquely positioned to deliver on both the PQT and materials testing (MT) requirements of aerospace primes and their supply chain partners. TraC is the second major addition to the Element platform in aerospace product qualification testing in the first quarter of 2015, having acquired Minneapolis-based Environ Laboratories in January. Test Equipment Distributors announced a new west Texas location in a partnership with GCI Sales and Manufacturing, a division of GincoCorp. GCI, a sales and manufacturing solution for the oil and gas industry, will provide distribution services and warehouse space to accommodate TED’s inventory of NDT supplies. GCI will implement pick-up and delivery services for customers in the West Texas Permian Oil Basin. The partnership will constitute the first NDT supply warehouse in West Texas history. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., TED is the largest national distributor of NDT equipment, accessories and service for diverse industries including oil and gas, aerospace, defense, industrial and automotive. TED President Mike Hamel said, “TED is thrilled to partner with GCI to provide NDT products to the West Texas region. This area has a great need for local support and we feel that by partnering with GCI, we can quickly meet our customers’ needs.” GincoCorp Inc., of Midland, Tex., was founded in 2006 by Joe Schippers and is co-owned by Tami Young. Element Materials Technology announced the creation of a new global aerospace product qualification testing services group. The formation of Element’s Aerospace PQT group will increase collaboration among 13 of its key laboratories, providing a range of structural, environmental, EMI and EMC, stress, hydraulic, fire and fuel testing services across the company’s global platform to clients including the aerospace primes and their tier 1 suppliers. The dedicated Aerospace PQT Group will collaborate closely with Aerospace materials testing facilities across the Element platform. “Creating a dedicated, global Aerospace PQT offering provides us with a clear competitive advantage in serving our industry-leading clients,” Charles Noall, president and CEO of Element, said. “Our recent acquisitions of Environ in the US and TraC Global significantly increased our Aerospace footprint, particularly in Europe, and takes the Element platform to a headcount of 1,800, working across 51 locations. The newly-acquired Environ and TraC will be fully incorporated into Element’s aerospace and product qualification testing services group. They will add significant capability to the company’s electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility services in the US. In Europe it includes an extensive range of product qualification testing services, including EMC, vibration and environmental simulation, safety, radio, telecoms, explosive atmosphere testing, finite element analysis and early stage qualification.
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