New appointment at the IMechE

Posted on 22 Feb 2018 and read 357 times
New appointment at the IMechEThe Institution of Mechanical Engineers (www.imeche.org) has appointed Chris Kirby as the new general manager of its NDT and Corrosion Inspection Training business — Engineering Training Solutions (ETS).

The institution bought Argyle-Ruane Ltd in 2012 and changed its name to ETS. The business has been enjoying a period of rejuvenation and resurgent growth in the last six months, and it is now achieving a 25% year-on-year growth in the UK.

It has also opened a training centre in the Gulf region and invested in customer service, ‘state of the art’ NDT equipment and on-line learning.

Mr Kirby has a background in NDT, having founded NDT Solutions Ltd and built it into a world leader in advanced ultrasonic test equipment with clients including Airbus, Boeing, Ford and Volvo.

He sold the company in 2005, and has since been involved in spin-outs from the University of Sheffield, including Magnomatics Ltd, which now has 30 employees.

ETS — the leading NDT and corrosion inspection training organisation in the UK — has trained over 100,000 engineers in the UK and overseas; they typically inspect oil and gas platforms, large civil structures, aeroplanes, nuclear power plants and chemical plants to ensure that they are structurally sound and safe to operate.

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