GCTC visited by a delegation from Becker Industrial Coatings AB
On December 04, 2013, Gelenjik Akimov Climatic Testing Center (GCTC) (a branch of VIAM) was visited by a delegation from Becker Industrial Coatings AB (Sweden).
GCTC specialists showed the guests specimens of materials and structural components on the outdoor test site. The specialists also demonstrated the operation of high-precision laboratory equipment (microscope Olympys LEXT, hardness gage Zwick Z0,2, etc.) for non-destructive testing of early stages of alloy corrosion and surface degradation of polymer composite materials.
Carl Lag Holmberg, Chief Research Officer of Becker Industrial Coatings AB noted that “capabilities of GCTC exceeded all our expectations regarding the level of equipment of Russian climatic testing centers and professional competence of their personnel”. He also said that “some equipment items that are already in use here, European centers are just beginning to receive”.
During the meeting, the parties confirmed their readiness to develop cooperation in the sphere of conducting full-scale tests of various materials at the GCTC facilities, and agreed on certain specific steps in this respect.
We should remember that the Akimov Gelenjik Climatic Testing Center (GCTC) has already been included in the network of climatic testing stations prepared by the Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC (ATLAS). This was one of the milestones in implementation of the framework agreement between VIAM and ATLAS as signed on August 29, 2013 by academician Evgeny N. Kablov, General Director of VIAM and Michal Kalik, Area Manager of ATLAS Europe during MAKS International Air Show 2013.
The inclusion of GCTC VIAM in the international climatic testing network is a manifest confirmation of the extensive capabilities of the Russian center, which conforms to the most up-to-date requirements and international standards of climatic testing. It should be also noted that ATLAS is the operator of the international network of climatic testing stations, and controls a large number of stations providing various test services all over the world.
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