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New hi-tech centre to make Dudley a world leader
8:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
DUDLEY has become home to a world-leading centre dedicated to tackling a problem which costs trillions of pounds each year.
International company Exova has opened new corrosion testing centre at Yorks Park on Blowers Green Road in a 23,000 sq ft purpose-built facility.
The £3m centre will focus on the oil, gas and energy industries and provide a major increase in testing capacity for companies across the globe.
Exova CEO, Ian El-Mokadem, said: “This is both a major milestone for Exova and a major commitment to the business community of the West Midlands.
“The new centre will be home to some of the world’s most skilled and experienced corrosion experts and will provide a number of highly skilled jobs both now and into the future.
“As the central hub of our global corrosion services, Dudley will lead the search for a global solution to the huge safety, operational and financial risk that corrosion places on world industries.”
Corrosion costs governments and industry an estimated $3trillion each year and the Dudley site will be a central hub of a network of Exova corrosion laboratories around the world including the Middle East, USA, Italy, Singapore and Norway.
It will also be home to a new academy dedicated to training future specialist corrosion engineers.
Dudley North MP Ian Austin, who opened the new facility, said: “Exova is to be commended for placing Dudley at the heart of its global business strategy.
“The Exova Corrosion Centre is a major commitment by a global business which will result in local job creation and training of our next generation of scientists and engineers right here in the region.”
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