British Engineering Services Acquires Nortest

August 1, 2016

British Engineering ServicesBritish Engineering Services has today confirmed the acquisition of Nortest Ltd, a leading UK non-destructive testing business based in Salford. This represents British Engineering Services’ first acquisition since gaining its independence from insurer RSA in November last year with the backing of Inflexion Private Equity Partners.

Nortest offers a comprehensive range of non-destructive testing, positive material examinations and welding certification services which will support British Engineering Services’ capability to provide their customers with premium quality engineering testing, inspection and certification services throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

British Engineering Services’ Group CEO Stewart Kay commented that this deal was great news for both companies and their customers.

"I’m extremely proud to announce today our first acquisition as British Engineering Services. We are a relatively new business, but we have a long and illustrious history in our industry. With the inclusion of Nortest into our Group we add additional expertise in the non-destructive testing market offering our customers increased services. Nortest has built an enviable reputation since they started trading in 1980 and this acquisition represents an excellent addition to the British Engineering Services Group."

Charles King, Nortest’s Managing Director, who will stay with the business becoming its Business Development Manager, was also delighted with the deal.

"This is a great day for the Nortest family. British Engineering Services presented a compelling description of where they wanted to take the business. I’m thrilled that everyone at Nortest will be part of that journey."

It will be business as usual for Nortest, who’ll continue to trade from its custom-built laboratory in Salford. Customers of both Nortest and British Engineering Services will be notified of the deal in the next few days.

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