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Applus+ continues its expansion in the US

28/11/2011

Applus+, the global inspection, testing, certification and quality control company and one of the ten largest companies in the conformity assessment sector worldwide, has reached an agreement for the acquisition of the U.S. company Kiefner & Associates, representing a new step in its expansion within the country.

Founded in 1990, Kiefner & Associates provides its customers with engineering services primarily associated with the oil and gas pipeline industry, focusing on working closely with pipeline owners to operate their facilities safely and reliably. Kiefner & Associates offers a wide array of engineering services including failure analysis and fitness for service.

The company, based in Worthington (Ohio), has 20 engineers with extensive experience in this sector and highly qualified in the areas of pipeline materials and integrity analysis. Kiefner has developed a national reputation as being the established leader in pipeline failure analysis. The company has 8000 square foot climate controlled laboratory focused on evaluating materials and components on their failure modes. That places it as one of the best-qualified companies to solve pipeline problems.

Iain Light, Executive Vicepresident of Applus RTD, stated “the acquisition of Kiefner and Associates further strengthens our asset integrity and engineering services for the pipeline industry and is also a positive step forward in developing our engineering and Asset Integrity Services for the offshore and power industries.” He continues “we will now leverage the experience of Kiefner as part of our global strategy to enhance our position as the leading provider of advanced services and NDT techniques to this sector”.

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