Element Materials Technology acquires GEVA; strengthens position in European aerospace testing market

With the purchase, GEVA’s facility becomes Element’s first laboratory dedicated to aerospace testing in Europe, and is part of the company’s strategic growth plan.


Originally founded in 1999 and based in Berlin, GEVA performs product qualification testing on metallic and composite structures through static, dynamic fatigue and structural strength examinations for Europe’s most high-profile Prime airframe and aero engine manufacturers.

Charles Noall, president and chief executive officer of Element, said: “Germany is one of Europe’s strongest economies and the region’s aerospace market is in exceptional health, so we are excited to have completed this transaction, which puts our company at the heart of the Aerospace testing industry in Europe.

“GEVA is a superb fit for Element; we have been aware of the outstanding quality of its work for some time, and consultation with our Prime partners served to confirm that their testing capabilities are held in the highest regard around the world. We were particularly interested in the laboratory’s innovative spin testing, where parts designed to rotate in aero engines are accelerated to high revolutions to determine failure points, a service that we have been keen to incorporate into our own offering.”

US acquisitions

The acquisition follows a record year for Element, during which it acquired US composite specialists Delsen Testing Laboratories and one of the largest testing groups in the US, Sherry Laboratories, to become the largest independent materials testing company in the US and one of the fastest-growing in the world. Geva represents Element’s sixth acquisition since 2011.