New UK ‘supersite’

Exova has opened a new 50,000ft2 ‘supersite’ in Wednesbury.

The new testing site serves the needs of national and international customers in the automotive, door, window and hardware industries.

The facility, which will conduct more than 10,000 tests annually, was opened by Paul Forrest, director at the West Midlands Economic Forum, and Ian El-Mokadem, CEO of Exova.

The £multi-million investment sees Exova expand both its capabilities and its capacity in the provision of testing services for the built environment and the automotive sector. The company said customers will benefit from a greater range of technically demanding services delivered from a modern facility which will be able to support both today’s demands and the expected future growth in the sectors it serves.

Ian El-Mokadem said: “This is an important milestone in the growth of our automotive and building products testing businesses, which work for some of the world’s leading household names. Bringing these testing services together, close to our key customers, will enable us to increase efficiency and turnaround times, and give greater access to Exova’s global expertise.”

Work undertaken at the site will include testing for the built environment, namely security, durability and weather testing of doors, windows and hardware.