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22 October 2009

NDT Moves to New Headquarters

Stutensee – Only one year after construction works got underway, NDT Systems & Services (NDT) has moved to its new premises in Stutensee, Germany.

The ongoing success and growth of the globally operating automated non-destructive inspection systems company led to the decision to build a new headquarters. The enormous growth of the company since its founding in the year 2000 had lately caused serious space constrictions that will finally come to an end.

The new headquarter complex covers a space of roughly 7,500m² and keeps a perfect balance between functionality and representation. It has been planned and executed by the building company Vollack, from Karlsruhe, Germany.

The new company headquarters will see a reintegration of employees, offices and workshops that up till now have been divided among different locations. Alfred Barbian, CEO of the company, sees high potential for a more effective cooperation of the different departments and a newly heightened sense of belonging for all employees. Therefore the CEO is eager to point out that, “it has been of utmost concern for the management to reintegrate our different business units NDT Systems, NDT Services and NDT Engineering in one location in order to facilitate the easy exchange of know-how between our specialists.”

On another level, the new location is also a positive sign for all stakeholders, boldly illustrating the continuous growth of the company, something that shouldn’t be taken for granted in times of economic recession. The medium and long-term commitment for growth has already been illustrated by the takeover of the activities of Tuboscope Pipeline Services, which was finalized in the autumn of 2008 and changed NDT into a true global player.

With the worldwide pipeline infrastructure aging and numerous countries having intensified the measures that have to be taken for the safe operation of a pipeline, the need for inspection solutions of highest quality that only a hightechnology company like NDT can provide is higher than ever. New fields for business, like inspection systems for train wheels and wheel-sets as well as a new inspection tool for gas pipelines, provide optimal perspectives for growth in Stutensee.

Nonetheless, the technology leader in automated inspection systems also emphasises continuity by keeping its headquarters in Stutensee, in the north of the Karlsruhe technology region. It is here where nine years ago the 27 founders of this innovative company started out, and it is here that NDT is connected to. It is ideally located in close proximity to the major research institutions and universities that form this unique technology region in the southwest of Germany.

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