Element acquires US testing provider National Technical Systems 


Testing services provider Element has acquired US-based competitor National Technical Systems.

Anaheim, California-headquartered National Technical Systems (NTS) provides qualification testing, inspection, and certification services in North America to sectors including space, defense, aerospace and connected technologies. The company 29 laboratories in North America.

NTS, which employs 1,100 experts has capabilities in product qualification and certification, supply chain and product/process auditing, and offers a range of testing services including EMC/EMI, materials and climatic testing.

The inspection division is accredited by several international organisations and operates under the name Unitek, while its certification division NQA is one of the largest global ISO registrars in the world.

Element said the acquisition of NTS will strengthen its presence in North America and that it expects to hire 1,000 people over the next two years to meet the demand for the combined services.

Jo Wetz, CEO of Element said, “We are pleased to have successfully acquired NTS, a company we have long respected for their talented colleagues and extensive expertise across multiple end-markets.

“NTS is a strategic acquisition for Element, bringing greater scale and complementary sector knowledge in North America and globally. Together, we will be able to further extend our portfolio of services across some of our most important end markets, bringing improved support for our customers all around the world.”

Ray Milchovich, CEO of NTS said, “We are thrilled to be joining the Element family, building on the success NTS has achieved over the last six decades. The combination of our expertise and sector reach will offer significant opportunities for our customers. We are also excited about the opportunities this will create for our employees.”

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