Applus RTD acquires CTS
The Applus RTD Group has announced the acquisition of CTS in France, a company specialised in non-destructive testing and inspection (NDT&I) for the oil and gas, chemical and other related industries. Applus RTD, a leading global supplier of NDT, inspection and asset integrity management services, completed the acquisition of CTS on 11 June 2009.
CTS, a French company in business since 1985, is based in Etang de Berre (near Marseille) and offers qualified activities for the major oil companies (for example Total, Exxon and Shell).
Strongly specialised in radiography, CTS has become a key player in non-destructive testing and inspection (NDT&I) in France, extending its range of activities (ultrasonic, magnetic, radiography) to meet the demands of its clients.
CTS is a major player in the South of France and, together with the existing organisation of Applus RTD France in Lyon and Le Havre, the acquisition effectively expands Applus RTD activities throughout France.
Benefiting from the innovative technology and highly developed technical skills and experiences of the Applus RTD Group worldwide, CTS will be an integral part of the Applus RTD France operation.
Thanks to the synergies between the different operations, Applus RTD has taken the next step to make its NDT&I through to asset integrity management services available throughout France.
Rob van Doorn, CEO of the Applus RTD Group, highlighted the strategic importance of this acquisition. "Our company is already worldwide leader in NDT and inspection through to asset integrity management. To continue growing we needed to strengthen our presence in important areas like France. We are therefore very pleased to have CTS in our Group. The acquisition of CTS fits perfectly in our ambitious growth plans.
“The Applus RTD Group is a decentralised type of organisation which intends to work close to its customers. In all continents we have business units operating locally but following RTD world standards in quality, safety, applications and technology. CTS will be integrated into the business unit Applus RTD France.
"We encourage local management to be fully in charge of their operations," he continued. "As a consequence we feel very confident that the management and employees of CTS will feel at home in the Applus RTD Group."