Element opens Shanghai testing lab


Testing-services provider to the aerospace industry Element Materials Technology has opened a new materials testing laboratory in Shanghai, China.

At the official opening ceremony of the laboratory last week  $7 million, 30,000 square. foot facility, the company said the laboratory is accredited to  ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and Nadcap and has OEM audits underway.

Rick Sluiters, executive vice president of  aerospace at Element, said,  “We were pleased to welcome customers and friends to the opening of this impressive laboratory. With our new Element aerospace experts, new accreditations and  equipment, we are well placed to support the Chinese aerospace industry.

“The impressive range of services we are offering, and our close proximity to many of our customers, will bring them savings in both time and money. In creating this new facility, Element is responding to customer need and the rapid business growth that the industry is undergoing in the region.”

The Shanghai aerospace laboratory offers a  range of services including: chemical analysis; fatigue testing; failure investigation; mechanical testing; metallurgical analysis, and on-site testing at client sites. The facility also has a pre-testing services, including a full machine shop and heat treatment furnaces for the treatment of materials prior to testing.

Element recently successfully delivered a year-long project to investigate the hydrodynamic behavior of the new Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) C919 aircraft at the Element Warwick laboratory in the UK.

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Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.

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