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Intertek snaps up UK engine-testing firm

Quality and safety services firm Intertek has purchased Tickford Test Technology, a privately-own UK vehicle engine-testing business, as it attempts to build its exposure to growing regulation within the automobile industry.

Quality and safety services firm Intertek has purchased Tickford Test Technology, a privately-own UK vehicle engine-testing business, as it attempts to build its exposure to growing regulation within the automobile industry.

Tickford, once part of the Aston Martin group, tests petrol and diesel engines on behalf of manufacturers for a range of services including durability, performance and catalyst effectiveness as well as testing fuels and lubricants for efficiency and government and industry environmental standards.

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The business was acquired by Intertek on December 31st 2012 from its management shareholder for £5.5m and will form part of the company's Commercial & Electrical division. It is located in Milton Keynes and has 57 full-time employees.

According to Intertek, demand for Tickford's services is expected to grow strongly, as engine manufacturers continue to develop fuel and emissions efficiency. Meanwhile, growing regulations in the EU over CO2 emissions and higher investment in hybrid technologies is also thought to support growth.

"Tickford is an excellent addition to the range of services Intertek supplies to manufacturers of engines, fuels and lubricants," said Intertek's Chief Executive Officer Wolfhart Hauser.

"Combining this highly reputable testing company with the similar services we provide from other locations will enable us to continue to provide a first class service on a global basis to our customers, especially as demands for engine improvements continue to increase. I am delighted to welcome the company to Intertek."

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