Applus+ buys IMA Dresden testing laboratory


Spanish testing and certification company Applus+, has bought materials testing laboratory IMA Dresden.

The 70-year old IMA Dresden laboratory, which was originally a German Government facility, works closely with the aerospace sector in structural and materials testing and has a comprehensive list of accreditations. The company employs more than 200 engineers who handle testing projects from small components to full-scale aircraft for customers from around the world including China.

Applus+, which is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, provides testing, certification and development engineering services from a number of sites across Europe, Asia and North America. Amongst other activities it carries out testing on large carbon-fibre panels, engine parts and other critical aircraft components and provides turnkey test systems for aerospace companies.

Applus+ said that the acquisition presents strong potential to provide additional services in the region and internationally, and confirms it as a global supplier in mechanical testing for product development

Jordi Brufau, executive vice president of the Applus+ Laboratories said,  “I am pleased to see IMA Dresden join us. We are convinced that, together, we can build a bigger and stronger service offering to our respective industrial clients.

“In this increasingly challenging and environmentally responsible period, where all transportation systems need to be more efficient, IMA Dresden will help our clients throughout this evolution, by testing and developing best-in-class components and final products which meet the highest standards.”

Fernando Basabe, CEO of the Applus+ Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome the people of IMA Dresden. We can see a very good fit with our Laboratories division, and it takes us further into industries where we are looking to expand.”

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