03 September 2013
A new U.K. business initiative of the EADS Corporate Technical Office (CTO) was officially launched today with an opening ceremony for the Newport, South Wales operation of TESTIA, which specializes in non-destructive testing and training.
TESTIA is aimed at meeting the global aerospace industry’s future needs by training a new generation of highly-skilled young engineers in non-destructive testing methods and processes. Such competence is vital in ensuring the consistent quality and integrity of aerospace industry materials, components and products during their manufacture and in service worldwide.
Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM (right), the First Minister of Wales, speaks during the opening ceremony for the U.K.-based TESTIA Ltd. operation – located at EADS’ Newport, South Wales campus.
The TESTIA Ltd. operation – located at EADS’ Newport campus – expects to be training up to 1,400 students annually within six years. Its customers will range from EADS’ own business units and their suppliers to other key players in the aerospace industry.
In partnership with Caparo (a worldwide leader in the supply of non-destructive services and materials testing), TESTIA Ltd. also will offer approved apprenticeships, comprising both classroom and on-the-job activity. This will create an entry point for those who wish to pursue a career as professional non-destructive testing practitioners in the aerospace sector, and create resources to maintain product quality levels in the future.
TESTIA is a part of the EADS Corporate Technical Office’s initiative to develop business operations based on EADS capabilities and competences, including those of its EADS Innovation Works corporate research and technology arm.
TESTIA Ltd. aims to support the growth and evolution of EADS with its U.K. initiative, said the Head of EADS Innovation Works U.K. Ian Risk, who is pictured at left during the opening ceremony.
“The establishment of TESTIA Ltd. is a hugely positive move for EADS and for Wales,” explained Ian Risk, the Head of EADS Innovation Works U.K. “I hope this is the start of many new businesses that emerge to support the local economy, along with the growth and evolution of EADS and our group of companies.”
In addition to its vocational training, TESTIA Ltd.’s non-destructive testing resources also will be made available to EADS Innovation Works personnel to support their individual research and development activities, Risk added.
TESTIA Ltd. CEO Brian Hall said the U.K. operation marks a new step in the expansion of TESTIA’s international presence, which is to encompass locations in Europe and other key markets.