Element acquires non-destructive testing lab Orbit


Testing-services provider Element has bought Orbit Industries, a non-destructive testing laboratory headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

Orbit, which is Nadcap and ISO 17025 accredited, also operates four satellite inspection facilities – two in Ohio and in Pennsylvania and New York. The company provides a number of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) services, including ultrasonic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle and chemical processing for raw materials and finished components such as landing gear components, airfoils and aluminum wheels.

Charles Noall, president and CEO of Element, said, “We are delighted to welcome Orbit to the Group. In the past few years we have invested heavily in expanding our NDT platform in order to meet the strong-ramp up in engine and structure production that the aerospace industry is experiencing.

“The addition of Orbit complements our existing aerospace NDT facilities in California, Connecticut, Houston, Portland and Monterrey, Mexico, strengthening our footprint, capacity and capabilities and enabling us to deliver cost savings for our clients.’’

John Alexandrovic, CEO of Orbit said, ‘’Since our formation in 1965, we have become one of the leading providers of NDT services to aerospace primes and tier one suppliers in the United States. We see partnering with Element as an opportunity to expand our capabilities and capacity, so we can continue to offer our customers testing solutions of the best quality, lead time and price in the industry.’’


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