Private Equity Track record
  • Element
    UK / Private Equity



    Element is a global network of laboratories with experts specialising in materials testing, product qualification testing and failure analysis for the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Transportation and Industrial sectors. It transformed from a network of local, independent testing laboratories into a world class integrated testing business under our ownership. 

    The business was created as a carve-out from the Stork Group and rebranded as Element. Under our ownership it successfully delivered a buy-and-build growth strategy, enhanced sector testing capabilities, deepened customer relationships and expanded geographic coverage. Significant capital was invested to develop new testing technologies and support customer R&D programmes.


    • Transformed from a corporate subsidiary to a global leader in materials testing
    • 51 world class facilities across three continents covering three core sectors
    • Doubled number of staff and labs
    • Completed and integrated 10 acquisitions
    • Developed sector-focused approach
    • Rolled out a new pricing strategy across all labs
    “I would like to thank 3i for their close support which has been critical to delivering the rapid and sustainable growth that we have achieved over the past five years.” Charles Noall, President and CEO, Element

    Regulatory information 
    This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc.

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