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​FIRA International’s parent company acquired by Element Materials Technology

On 29 June FIRA International’s parent company, Exova, became part of the Element Materials Technology Group, one of the world’s most highly respected testing and product qualification businesses.

The combined company, which is majority owned by Bridgepoint, an international private equity firm, now has more than 6,200 employees and will operate in the future as Element Materials Technology. The new Element Group will consist of 200 laboratories located in more than 30 countries.

This latest acquisition by Element follows a period of significant growth for the business, helping it to become the fastest growing independent materials testing and product qualification company in the world.

Commenting on the acquisition, Element’s CEO, Charles Noall, said: “We have a clear strategy for growth and this acquisition is a major milestone for Element.

Our ambition is to enhance our ability to support customers across their worldwide programmes. With more laboratories and even greater technical strength, our combined company has the scale, capacity and expertise to service the increasingly diverse needs of our clients.

The combined group is the leading testing provider in the global aerospace and oil and gas sectors, a market leader in European fire and building safety and the US transportation and automotive testing market. Our focus will be to maintain these positions as well as explore the many new market opportunities now open to us.”

Our guiding principle is to continue to be the best and most trusted testing partner in all of the sectors we serve”.