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New Electromagnetic NDE Company Founded

Ether NDE Ltd. is a company founded January 1, 2010, by Mike Reilly and John Hansen. Reilly was previously group managing director of Sonatest plc from 1989 to 2009, during which time the group grew from a $2 million to $25 million business. Hansen was, until recently, senior staff engineer for eddy current NDT at GE Inspection Technologies, St Albans, United Kingdom (previously Hocking NDT). He is chairman of the BINDT Trade Group and a member of both the Electromagnetic and DICONDE ASTM Committees. The founders of Ether NDE have combined industry experience of 58 years.

From the outset, Ether NDE will focus on eddy current probe design, probe repair services, ET/NDT accessories and consultancy, as well as representing selected international manufacturers of electromagnetic test equipment and accessories. By August 2010, a standard range of eddy current catalogue probes will be added to the portfolio. Plans for 2011 include the introduction of a portable eddy current instrument with a range of innovative features, which will be developed with a North American technology partner.

"Ruthless customer focus and providing our customers with the innovative products and outstanding service they deserve, delivered on a timely basis, will be the key to the company's success," says Hansen.

Currently, Ether NDE is negotiating the acquisition of factory and office premises in the Hertfordshire area, near London and the M25/M1 intersection. Expressions of interest in product distribution and future employment would be welcomed. For more information, visit

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