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Applus RTD commits itself further to North America with another acquisition


Applus RTD 77, Rotterdam [Netherlands]
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Issue: 2010-05
After the purchases of Quality Inspection Services (QISI) in the United States and Staveley in Canada this year, Applus RTD strengthens its position further again in the strategic North American market. It further consolidates its position as the world leader in the field asset integrity services.

The Applus RTD Group, the world leading multinational in Asset Integrity Services, announced today the acquisition of Valley Industrial X-Ray and Inspection Services Inc., headquartered in Bakersfield in California.

This operation, together with the acquisition of JanX (United States) in 2008, Technico (Canada) in 2009, and QIS (USA) and Staveley (Canada) in 2010, reinforces the company's commitment to the North American market, where it has been present for two decades with a large workforce.

The Applus RTD Group is strengthening it's geographical position in the USA and Canada as well as in different application fields like oil & gas, power plants, refineries, storage tanks and the petrochemical industry. The head office for Applus RTD in the USA is in Houston; for Applus RTD Canada in Edmonton.

Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection (NDT&I) is part of the Full Services approach which Applus RTD brings to the market as Asset Integrity Services. Applus RTD is the technological world leader in NDT&I since 1937. The acquisitions of the two companies strengthen the position of Applus RTD in North America.

Valley Industrial X-Ray and Inspection Services Inc. (Valley X)

Valley is a high quality provider of NDT&I and asset integrity management services, predominately to the oil and gas exploration and production industry, including gas plants and drilling and production. Valley has over 200 employees and operates primarily from 3 operating locations in the Western USA, with the major operating location being in Bakersfield, California.

WORLD LEADER IN ASSET INTEGRITY SERVICES

Valley X will be part of the Applus RTD Group, headquartered in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Applus RTD has over 3500 specialized employees and works for the main oil & gas, petrochemical, tank storage and power generating companies in the world. With over 2,000 customers, its 2010 turnover will exceeded €350M.

Applus+ acquired the Dutch group RTD in April 2006, which gave birth to the Applus RTD Group, the division specialized in Asset Integrity Services. In 2008, Applus RTD purchased the companies MB Inspection and JanX, market leaders in the United Kingdom and the United States, respectively, becoming the world leader in this business area. The expansion of this division continued in 2009 with new acquisitions in France, Poland and Canada.

Applus+, a global company in the field of conformity assessment

Applus+ is a leading company in testing, inspection, certification and technological services. It is also one of the ten largest companies in the conformity assessment sector worldwide and the largest Spanish multinational in the field. It is a global leader in the fields of vehicle inspection and non-destructive testing and is among the top companies in Europe in the inspection, technical assistance and laboratory sectors.

The company, whose CEO is Joaquim Coello, has a workforce of more than 10,000 people and had a turnover of €837M in 2008. Applus+, part of the company portfolio of The Carlyle Group since 2007, has operations on all five continents and provides services to more than 25 industrial sectors.

For more information please visit www.ApplusRTD.com

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