Element Opens Aerospace Testing Lab in Shanghai

Element Materials Technology (Element) has announced that its new aerospace materials testing laboratory in Shanghai, China is now open for business.

At a successful opening event on September 26 at the $7m, 30,000 sq. ft. facility, Element confirmed it has completed a number of accreditations including ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and Nadcap, with OEM audits underway.

The ceremony at the new laboratory welcomed 70 customers, Shanghai Qingpu District government officials, members of Element’s senior management team and 23 Shanghai colleagues.

“We were pleased to welcome customers and friends to the opening of this impressive laboratory,” Rick Sluiters, EVP Aerospace, says. “With our new Element aerospace experts, new accreditations and state of the art equipment, we are well placed to support the Chinese aerospace industry.”

Element says they created the new facility in response to customer need and the rapid business growth that the industry is undergoing in the region.

The Shanghai aerospace laboratory specializes in a comprehensive range of services that include: chemical analysis; fatigue testing; failure investigation; mechanical testing; metallurgical analysis, and on-site testing at client sites. Element says their customers will also benefit from pre-testing services, including a full machine shop and heat treatment furnaces for the treatment of materials prior to testing.

Element’s recently 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.