MERL has changed
to Element Hitchin
Following the acquisition of Materials
Engineering Research Laboratory Limited (MERL) by Element Materials
Technology in August 2012, we are pleased to announce that with
effect from April 1, 2013 the
MERL business has transferred to a new entity, Element Materials
Technology Hitchin Limited (“Element Hitchin”).
As part of Element, all the resources and knowledge of MERL, the test facilities and staff
will continue to provide the same services as before. However, in addition to the support of Element Hitchin, the
full scope of Element's network of testing laboratories and experts are also available to our clients.
Element is a global network of
laboratories with experts specialising in materials testing,
product qualification testing and failure analysis for the Aerospace & Defence,
Oil & Gas, Power Generation, and Transportation sectors. The
team of 1100 scientists, engineers and technicians work in laboratories
located throughout the U.S. and Europe. For complete Accreditations & Approvals
and more information please visit www.Element.com.
(MERL) have, over 25 years of trading, developed world-class
expertise in elastomers, thermoplastics, composites and structural
adhesives in diverse applications and industries (oil and gas,
chemical processing, automotive, rail, renewable energy, marine,
aerospace, medical, and more). Projects range from the reliability
of materials in offshore oil and gas exploration, to the performance
of a new polymer material for heart valves and the use of composite
materials in military aircraft structures. The growth in the
expertise of the people has been supported by the continued growth
and expansion of testing and analytical capability in the various
is based in Hitchin (north of London, UK) and has an international
client base with typically 70% of business coming from outside of
UK from regions including North and South America, Europe, India,
Middle East, Australia and China. A major part of the business is
in managing single client projects on behalf of a loyal and expanding
client base. Numerous consortium projects have also been performed
that have generated invaluable data, methodologies, facilities and
knowledge enabling us to develop world-class facilities and expertise
that is available to clients across the world.
all aspects of polymer engineering including product development
and testing, independent consultancy, mechanical testing, chemical
and environmental exposure testing, advanced finite element analysis,
inspections and audits, test equipment and instrumentation design.
served by Element Hitchin/MERL include oil & gas, medical, aerospace, automotive,
marine, rail, renewable energy, and civil engineering.
covers elastomers (general engineering grades and specialised
formulation), composites (carbon, glass and natural fibre reinforced),
adhesives and thermoplastics.