Element Materials Technology buys Cobham Tech Services, Abingdon


Element Materials Technology, which has its European Environmental Testing centre of excellence in Warwick, has bought Abingdon business Cobham Technical Services Lightning Testing & Consultancy, a lightning test and consultancy specialist, from Chelton Limited.

Cobham’s test facility provides comprehensive lightning testing services and consultancy to the aerospace and defense sectors and is the only commercial laboratory in the country with the capability to test aero-structures for the effects of direct lightning strikes (DO160/ED14 Section 23 testing).

Its fully-equipped lightning simulation laboratory also specializes in testing for indirect effects on electrical equipment and systems, and high voltage testing of antennas and windscreens of up to 500kV. Its team of eleven highly specialized experts provide consultancy on all stages of aircraft lightning protection design and certification.

Element is one of the world’s leading independent providers of materials and product qualification testing, inspection and certification services to the global Aerospace; Transportation & Industrials; Fire & Building Products; and Oil & Gas and Infrastructure sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.

Rick Sluiters, EVP Aerospace, said: ”We are delighted to welcome Cobham Technical Services Lightning Testing & Consultancy, a recognised leader in the lightning test and consultancy business, to Element.

This acquisition adds direct lighting testing to our capabilities, which means that we are now able to offer the full-suite of DO160 services, enabling time-to-market advantages through shorter testing turnaround times – saving our customers time and money.”

Element is one of the largest independent providers of product qualification testing services to the global aerospace sector. With more than 80 years of sector experience in both commercial and military aircraft and more than 3,000 technicians, engineers and scientists, located in the USA, UK, Europe and China, the Group works in close partnership with all of the aerospace primes and their supply chain partners to help them to develop better components, products and systems to support their drive to produce lighter, more fuel efficient aircraft.