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Element Materials Buys DTL

Element Materials Technology, which was formerly known as Stork Materials Technology, has acquired Detroit Testing Laboratory. Financial terms weren’t announced. Warren, Mich.-based DTL is a product qualification testing provider. Element Materials is a portfolio company of 3i Group.


Element Materials Technology has acquired Detroit Testing Laboratory (DTL) headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Given DTL’s reputation as a leading product qualification testing provider, the announcement underlines Element’s commitment to industry-leading service of the Aerospace & Defense and Transportation sectors.

“I’m proud to welcome over 100 experts into the Element fold,” said Charles Noall, CEO of Element. “DTL’s rock-solid reputation and impressive facilities are a fitting addition to our capabilities and global network of laboratories.”

The acquistion increases Element’s blueprint in the United States, adding DTL’s two original facilities in Michigan, one facility in Florida completed in 2009, and a 10,000 square-foot high-tech facility in Washington state that opened in 2011.

“I’m proud of our team joining Element. We have a long history as a leading product qualification laboratory, and with Element we will become a critical part of a leading global materials testing provider,” said Alfredo Apolloni, Chairman & CTO of DTL. “We’ll continue the same high level of service and integrity our customers have counted on for over 100 years.”

In 2007, DTL opened the first hybrid and electric vehicle battery testing lab in Detroit, Michigan, once again establishing itself as a pioneer in the automotive sector. Today, they continue to focus on emerging technologies that benefit U.S. industries, businesses and consumers.

“Our core values—relentless commitment to industry-leading customer service, a passionate and dedicated team, investing in technological innovation—are as important to us today as they were upon our founding in 1903,” said Earl L. Smith, President & CEO of DTL. “It was critical to us that the company we join share these same values, and we are convinced we have found that in Element.”

Element is a global network of laboratories with experts specializing in materials testing, product qualification testing and failure analysis for the Aerospace & Defense, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, and Transportation sectors. Their team of 1000 scientists, engineers and technicians work in laboratories located throughout the U.S. and Europe. For complete Accreditations & Approvals and more information, please visit