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NDT.net Issue - 2008-07 - NEWS

Applus RTD acquires US non-destructive testing leading group


Applus RTD 77, Rotterdam [Netherlands]
business, acquisition
NEWS  
NDT.net Journal
Issue: 2008-07
Applus+, one of the ten largest certification companies, announces today the acquisition of JanX Integrity Group ( JanX ), a US market leader in non-destructive testing and inspection (NDTI). JanX will be integrated in the Applus RTD Group, the largest NDTI provider worldwide, strengthening its strategic position and increasing its service offering in the US. This operation will allow Applus+ to reach revenues of 100M USD in the United States.

International expansion in key regions such as North America is an important element of our strategic plan, explains Applus+ CEO, Joaquim Coello. JanX acquisition will strengthen Applus RTD position as market leader, increasing its service offering and enlarging its first-level client base .

US LEADER

JanX is a leading NDT company in the US with a blue chip client base, including pipeline operators, refineries and chemical plants and has more than 200 unionized employees. JanX s headquarters are located in Parma, Michigan, with 14 supporting offices throughout the U.S.

JanX is primarily focused on the on-shore pipeline markets offering high quality X-Ray based testing, pipeline integrity services, project management and consultancy services. John Newland, founder and director of JanX, will continue to manage the operations of the company and will become part of the Applus RTD senior management team in the US.

Rob van Doorn, CEO of the Applus RTD Group highlights the strategic importance of the acquisition. The accumulation of pipeline work in the US has led customers to look for vendors that can provide high-level services and the capability to complete big projects. Applus RTD has a strong reputation in the US offshore markets and the Canadian land-based market, where we are already market leader. The incorporation of a well-established local company, such as JanX, will allow us to increase our client base, responding in a positive way to their demands.

With over 70 years experience, Applus RTD has offices in more than 20 countries in all continents, employing over 2,000 workers. Its business is focused on NDT, Inspection and Integrity Services to ensure installations production, quality, integrity and safety.

Applus RTD

In April 2006, Applus+ acquired 100% of the Dutch RTD Group, which became the Applus+ division dedicated to inspection and non-destructive testing in the chemical, oil and gas industry, energy and other similar industries.

Today the division contributes to more than 25% of Applus+ turnover, and is experiencing strong growth. During 2007, Applus RTD absorbed four companies: Vantage and DCI in the Netherlands; PNDT in Australia, and RMI in Norway. In January 2008, the company took over MB Inspection, UK market leader, strenghtening its world leadership in NDTI.

For more information about JanX, please visit www.ApplusRTD.com or http://www.janx.net/\

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