Edif Group’s roots go back nearly 100 years. Its first century has seen expansion both internationally and in terms of new services and specialties.
The entire share capital of Edif is acquired by RINA, a multinational testing, inspection, certification and consulting engineering group based in Genoa, Italy. For Edif, being part of the RINA Group will strenthen the company's access to new markets through cooperation with RINA's offices around the world.
Edif ERA acquires Matthews Engineering Training and OST energy. As part of a major rebranding, ERA Technology and NDE Global are renamed Edif ERA and Edif NDE, with their subsidiary companies taking their respective parent company’s name.
NDE Global acquires Boldbrink, a leading international provider of inspection and quality control-related services to the subsea oil and gas industries. ERA acquires London Power Associates Ltd (LPA), the Group’s 10th acquisition in three years. LPA’s power engineering and renewable energy services combined with Edif ERA’s power systems, earthing, lightning protection and electromagnetic compatibility expertise offers all aspects of power engineering, providing high-quality, independent and confidential consultancy services.
NDE Global acquires Construction Technical Services Inc. in Houston. Two joint ventures, Construction Technical Services Arabia Ltd. in Saudi Arabia and Construction Oil & Gas Projects Nigeria Ltd. join the growing company. Montreal-based EPC Resources Inc., a provider of engineering, procurement and construction-related project management resources, is also acquired. ERA continues to expand its profile with the acquisition of Earthing Solutions Limited, earthing consultants in the power sector, and Persides, a provider of engineering services to the defence and energy sectors.
NDE Global acquires Proweld, a provider of technical inspection and training, based in Perth, Western Australia.
Edif Group acquires the engineering consultancy business of ERA Technology Ltd (now Edif ERA) from Cobham plc. Its second acquisition later this year is NDE Global (now Edif NDE). In this year, NDE Global has already established NDE Technical Services Australia PTY to cover Australia and New Zealand, and NDE Technical Services Singapore Pte Ltd to strengthen its presence in the Far East.
Edif Group is set up by a management team with the support of private equity firm Phoenix Equity Partners. The business plan is to make target acquisition opportunities.
NDE Global establishes both NDE Global Technical Services GmbH, a holding company for all future NDE group companies, and also NDE Technical Services SRl in Bergamo, which is the regional office for Italy within the EMEA region.
NDE Technical Services (China) Co Ltd, the head office for the Far East, is established in Shanghai, PRC.
In September, ERA Technology announces the agreement to sell its entire issued share capital to Cobham Plc.
NDE Technical Services GmbH, the head office for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) is established in Moenchengladbach, Germany.
The first NDE company, NDE Quality Systems Inc, is established in Houston.
ERA formally changes its name from The Electrical Research Association Ltd to ERA Technology Ltd. ERA continues to develop, with new research areas including radiofrequency technology and electronic systems and a wider range of engineering consultancy services for mechanical as well as electronic and electrical systems.
ERA begins re-organising its mode of operation to reflect the rapidly changing technology base within the industries it serves. This enables the company to derive income from single client and multi-client projects (previously, ERA had derived much of its income from member company subscriptions and UK government grants). Thus, ERA becomes the first ‘privatised’ research association.
Major new laboratories and offices open in Leatherhead, Surrey. They have remained Edif ERA’s headquarters ever since. Development on the 15-acre campus site has continued to the present day with the addition of several purpose-built facilities.
ERA gives direct assistance to the war effort, including working on the development of radar and mine detection equipment.
ERA, now Edif ERA, is founded. It is incorporated under the name The British Electrical and Allied Industries Research Association, but is known as The Electrical Research Association (ERA). Prior to ERA, there had not been any facility solely dedicated to cooperative electrical research in the UK.
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