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The Lancaster laboratory of Exova, one of the world’s largest dedicated testing groups, has expanded its services in order to meet increased demand from the European aerospace community.
The laboratory has introduced a night shift for the first time, promoting a number of staff internally to fill roles including manager, supervisor and technicians.
The night shift will mean that from July, following a period of intensive training, the facility will offer a round-the-clock service to customers, which include global names in the engine and airframe markets.
The internal promotions have also created five additional roles for lab technicians. Science graduates William Onek, Martin Slater, Kasia Mazurek, David McClennan and Gary Linnett recently joined the lab, one of the world’s foremost fatigue and fracture mechanics testing facilities and recognised as a centre of excellence for the testing of high temperature alloys.
David Boscoe, general manager at Exova Lancaster, said demand from customers had been particularly strong for the lab’s strain controlled low cycle fatigue testing service.
He added: “The decision to expand services at Lancaster has been taken to further improve delivery and service levels to our customers, following intense demand from the aerospace sector, particularly from overseas.”
The newly appointed experts are the latest new staff to join the lab, after lean manufacturing expert Martin Wilson was announced as operations manager earlier in the year.