Global testing group Exova yesterday unveiled its new £3million Corrosion Centre in Dudley, West Midlands which will improve the company's testing capability and capacity particularly for customers in the oil & gas and energy sectors.
The centre will also become the central hub for Exova’s network of corrosion laboratories in strategic locations around the world, including the Middle East, USA, Italy, Singapore and Norway.
The £3million investment is Exova’s commitment to tackling the global financial impact of corrosion which is estimated to cost governments and industry around the world as much as £1,860bn annually.
The new facility, which replaces current premises in Dudley, will treble full ring testing capacity, see autoclave capacity increase by two thirds and the capacity for routine corrosion testing doubled.
The centre will also ultimately see the creation of an academy aimed at nurturing and training future generations of corrosion engineers.
Ian El-Mokadem, Exova’s CEO, said: “Exova has made significant investment during the last year to further develop our provision of technically demanding services to customers worldwide.
“Our new corrosion centre will play a lead role in combating a problem that poses significant technical, operational and financial risk to industry, particularly oil & gas.”