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03 October 2013
Testia launches German Non-Destructive Testing services provider
• Bremen-based TESTIA GmbH will be the first company of its type in Germany, to provide the full spectrum of NDT services and expertise
• Offering to include bespoke NDT training, engineering services, inspection services, consultancy, NDT products & tools, research and development
• Offering the full NDT service spectrum will significantly increase the quality of services provided
• More than 40 new jobs to be created over five years
Bremen, 2 October 2013 – TESTIA an EADS company, today launched TESTIAGmbH, specializing in aerospace Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) services and training.
TESTIA GmbH will share its headquarters with Airbus operations in Bremen, and will be the only company in Germany to offer the full spectrum of NDT services, training and expertise, including:
• EN4179/NAS410 compliant training
• Special training on NDT manufacturing and service processes
• Engineering services
• Manufacturing and service inspectors
• Equipment sales, services & training
• NDT consultancy and Level 3 services
• NDT tools, including reference standards and other accessories
TESTIA GMBH will take over NDT training from Airbus, to train engineers and technicians according to EN4179/NAS410 standards, with Airbus continuing to act as the accreditation body. The training school in Bremen is the biggest of its kind in Germany, as well as the only one to offer Level 1, 2 and 3 training across all NDT areas including:
• Eddy Current
• Film Radiography
• Non-Film Radiography (from Q2 2014)
• Penetrative Testing
• Magnetic Particle Testing
• Thermography Testing
The German National NDT Board (NANDTB) approved training school, formerly part of Airbus, has a strong, established reputation in Germany. It is expected that more than 400 engineers and inspectors will be trained there in the first year, with a 10% increase planned for the following years.
Several partnerships are expected to cover the increased training, services and
inspections requirements, including cooperation with APPLUS, a global aerospace and industrial NDT provider.
TESTIA GmbH will also take an active role in NDT tools and equipment sales, including related training and services. Testia will act as a distributor for “niche” NDT equipment developed by EADS Innovation Works (e.g. Ultis, Smart NDT Tool), Airbus (e.g. Online Maintenance Assistance, OMA) and by other business units.
Furthermore, Testia will act as a distributor and services provider for other equipment and tools suppliers who do not have their own distribution networks. For some tools, such as CFRP reference standards, guiding device and other accessories, TESTIA GmbH will work closely with the manufacturing specialist Premium Aerotec.
It is envisaged that TESTIA GmbH will expand beyond its current location, to a new
Centre for Eco-efficient Materials & Technologies (EcoMaT). Planning work has already started for the centre, which will consolidate the engineering capabilities provided by Airbus in the field of Material &Processes in one location. In the first instance, TESTIA GmbH will occupy 600m2 of the centre, housing high tech laboratories, training facilities and modern offices, with an option to expand as necessary in the future. TESTIA GmbH will be the second largest industrial company on site after Airbus, and is expected to move to the new facilities by late 2015 with its planned 20 to 30 employees.
Denis Gardin, Head of EADS New Technology Ventures and President of TESTIA,
said: “Against the background of increased use of composites in aero structures, more stringent airframe inspection requirements and increasing numbers of aircraft in service, TESTIA provides a global solution in aerospace non-destructive inspection, services and R&D.”
“The opening of Testia in Germany enables us to support our customers directly, on
site, with first-class NDT services. Although the core business here is also non-destructive testing, Testia is aiming to expand its activities within the range of other quality-related topics and in relation to the NDT products.”
Holger Speckmann, CEO of TESTIA GmbH said: “TESTIA GmbH will provide world-class quality NDT services and training for OEMs (e.g. Airbus, Astrium, Eurocopter, Cassidian, Premium Aerotec, etc.) and other manufacturers, as well as for MROs and OEM suppliers. The Bremen site is the starting point for its German operations,but other locations will follow in the future, providing NDT services where they are needed, as close as possible to our customers’ facilities. We are expecting other TESTIA GmbH operations to be launched across Germany in the very near future.”
“In addition, TESTIA GmbH will provide expert consultancy services to companies worldwide, and has already started discussions in the United Arabian Emirates and the Middle East. Furthermore the extension of the Testia business to the US will be driven by TESTIA GmbH together with other TESTIA groups.”
TESTIA is an EADS company with over 20 years of experience in Aerospace Non-Destructive Testing and Training. TESTIA Services is divided into six departments:
• In-service inspections
• NDT products for the aerospace sector
Through a range of strategic partnerships, TESTIA provides worldwide services and a global solution to meet industry needs.
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