SOUTHAMPTON, UK After 40 years of NDT and weld inspection, Ultramag has expanded into three units in Southampton, England and one in Ferndown, England.

Plans are for a new two-story facility, which will cater for the continued growth in NDT, welding procedure qualification, welding consultancy, welder training, pressure testing and mechanical testing. This move will free up one unit, which will become a dedicated training center for NDT, weld inspection, welding standards, health and safety and quality-related courses.

Once the new facility is up and running, a second radiographic enclosure will be built alongside the existing facility. This will help with the radiographic work, where the one bay is running for at least 16 hours every day. The second enclosure will also be used for the testing of castings and smaller components as the company heads into CRT.

Since starting in 1974, Ultramag has gained ISO 9001, Nadcap and now UKAS accreditation and remains an independently-owned inspection company. Ultramag provides inspection and testing services to a broad range of industries, including construction, marine, aerospace, defense, pressure pipework, material stockists, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, power generation and renewable energy.

To meet the demand for the CE marking regulations and RWC roles, the weld inspection department has taken on two more welding inspectors to work with the current IIW welding technologist and welding specialists. They will assist in welder training and welder tests and will also help to run the mechanical testing facility next year.

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