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NDT.net Issue - 2018-09 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2018-09
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

BHGE Breaks Ground on European Customer Solutions Center for Inspection Technologies business

Waygate Technologies (former GE Inspection Technologies)313, Hürth, Germany

  • Construction of the new building, which will be considered the flagship CSC for inspection technologies in Europe, will start later this year
  • BHGE to invest a significant amount in the millions of dollars and add up to 100 jobs to Wunstorf, Germany site
  • Prime Minister Stephan Weil Guest of Honour during ceremony
WUNSTORF, GERMANY - August 13, 2018 - Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE: BHGE) today broke ground on a new European Customer Solutions Center (CSC) for its Inspection Technologies (IT) business, one of the world's leading providers of non-destructive testing (NDT). The CSC will be housed on IT’s existing Wunstorf, Germany site and will be the flagship CSC for European customers and partners. BHGE will invest a significant amount in the millions of dollars in the new 9.250 sqm CSC and plans to add up to 100 jobs to the Wunstorf site as part of the project.

The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil, with local politicians in attendance.

Customer Solutions Center for Inspection Technologies – Virtual Tour

Today’s announcement follows the grand opening of IT’s largest CSC globally in Cincinnati, USA, earlier this year. Like Cincinnati, the Wunstorf CSC will also bring the most advanced NDT technologies under one roof, including x-ray, CT, ultrasonic, remote visual inspection and sensor solutions. Given the Wunstorf site’s heritage as BHGE’s radiography centre of excellence, the CSC will have a specific focus on 2D X-ray systems and 3D computed tomography (CT), supplemented by high-tech applications for ultrasonic and electromagnetic inspection. In addition, the facility will also house managed services for parts inspection and allow for personalized setups for training and collaboration.

“The manufacturing industry is changing, and Industrial Internet of Things coupled with our innovation in X-ray, CT, and other inspection technologies enables us to set new standards in industrial quality and product reliability assurance," said Holger Laubenthal, CEO of Inspection Technologies for BHGE. "We will support our customers through this change and that’s where a place like this Customer Solutions Center will be a huge asset. Here in Wunstorf, our experts will work together with our customers to develop technologies to solve individual challenges. We like to see ourselves as problem solvers, and I believe no one else in the industry can offer this level of high-quality service for non-destructive testing. “

The Prime Minister of Lower Saxony Stephan Weil added: “Inspection Technologies is a 'hidden diamond' of Lower Saxony as a latest technology location. I am impressed by the rapid growth of this company from a garage to one of the world's leading industrial companies. Another demonstration of the innovative power of our domestic economy is the current investment project where 100 new & highly qualified jobs are created.”

IT is one of the world's leading suppliers of non-destructive testing (NDT) technologies and services. The business offers customers a broad spectrum of professional applications in the field of state-of-the-art 2D X-ray systems (X-Ray) and 3D computed tomography (CT) as well as ultrasonic inspection and electromagnetic inspection. Today, hundreds of brands in the automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, energy, e-mobility and industrial 3D printing industries trust IT’s technologies to make their production processes easier and more efficient. Headquartered in Germany with offices globally, IT has more than 1,500 dedicated professionals worldwide.

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