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Major expansion brings work and jobs to North East company

9th March 2011

The country’s largest radiation-based product testing unit will be created right here in the North East thanks to Washington-based Argos Inspection Company Ltd.

World-leading specialists in the provision of non destructive testing (NDT) services to engineering firms in the Offshore, Ministry of Defence, Oil and Gas, Aerospace, Automotive and Nuclear industries, Argos Inspection Company has been a regional success story since its inception 30 years ago.

Established in 1980, the company has grown from strength to strength thanks to a consistent focus upon growth and addition of new technology, services and staff training.

The latest ground-breaking development sees the company substantially extend the exposure bay at its headquarters at Glover Industrial Estate.

The expansion, which comes in the same year the company celebrates its 30th anniversary, will enable Argos Inspection to increase its client base by providing the largest high-tech radiation exposure facility in the country.

Managing Director, Peter Bauckham, said: “Our laboratory facility is crucial to the company’s future. Through extending it we will bolster our client base by bringing work into the company, which would normally have to be sent elsewhere.

“HSE guidelines demand that anyone requiring radioactive testing takes that item to a suitable laboratory within a 40mile radius.  Previously this was not possible for most companies in the region but it soon will be, thanks to our new facilities.

“Our existing clients will also benefit from the expansion with a much more improved turn around time due to the new facility. The exposure bay, with its four metre high, one metre thick, high density concrete walls and roof will also include state-of-the-art automated lead doors, handling equipment and the latest x-ray technology.”

The development will also lead to the creation of new jobs at the Washington premises.

Initially four new technician roles will be required for its laboratory facilities – a welcome addition to the workforce, which at its peak can top 70 staff.

NDT is seen as a valuable inspection method which uses x-rays, gamma ray radiography, ultrasonic inspection and surface inspection techniques to check manufactured and fabricated products for defects, faults and damages that could prove costly if found out at a later date.

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