NDT.net June 2006, Vol. 11 No.6

AGR Pipetech AS aquires Technology Design May 2006

AGR PipeTech AS has announced the completion of the acquisition of the British ultrasound specialist firm, Technology Design Ltd, a leading company in the development of inspection equipment based on phased array technology.

The Manchester based company specializes in the development of multi function phased array and ultrasonic inspection systems, used worldwide in the non destructive testing industry. The company is renowned for its application of phased array, Time-of-Flight Diffraction (TOFD) and pulse echo techniques. Development of software for graphical presentation of the results of inspection assignments is one of many of TD’s strengths. This is a positive move forward for Technology Design which will enable the company to reinforce their presence in the industry and expand its market share.

Norwegian based AGR PipeTech AS is a subsidiary of Ability Group AS with 900 employees. The two companies have enjoyed close cooperation over the past decade. Several of AGR PipeTech’s current solutions for inspection of pipelines are based on technology developed by Technology Design. ‘Ultrasound is an exciting technology for AGR PipeTech, with a potential for substantial growth. This acquisition will help expand our product line, while also providing opportunities to introduce this technology in new business sectors.’ Comments Ability group’s Managing Director Sverre Skogen.

Technology Design will continue to operate in the UK and expects to expand its operation in the near future.

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