Trescal expands its footprint to Canada

Trescal, today announces the acquisition of Primo Instrument. This acquisition will bring €7m in additional turnover to the Trescal group.

Based in Montreal, Primo Instrument is a leading supplier of test and measurement equipment. A one-stopshop laboratory, the company offers the complete spectrum of calibration services and is A2LA accredited across its multiple practice areas. Primo employs 35 people and is mostly active in the aerospace and automotive sectors. Following the acquisition, Primo’s three founders – Pierre Tétrault, Michele Sardella and Tony Antonitti – will stay in their current positions to continue to lead the growth of the business.

Guillaume Caroit, Trescal Deputy CEO, said: “We are thrilled to have Primo Instrument joining Trescal. Canada has always been a target for our geographical expansion as a large number of the group’s aeronautics and space customers are already located in this country.”

Pierre Tétrault, the founder of Primo Instrument, added: “We were looking to be backed by a strong partner to continue our success story. Trescal brings us the expertise and the network we need to accelerate our growth. We are very proud to join what is the worldwide leader in calibration services.”

Thibault Basquin, Managing Director of Ardian Mid Cap Buyout, added: “Trescal begins 2016 just as it finished 2015: pursuing its ambitious growth strategy. Primo Instrument’s presence in Canada brings a new attractive country to the group and reinforces its presence in North America.”

This deal was completed with the support of Trescal’s majority shareholder, Ardian, the independent private investment company. This is Trescal’s 14th build-up following Ardian’s takeover in July 2013.


Partnership with Airbus in Mobile

As a global specialist in calibration services , Trescal's strategy is to service and support its customers wherever they are located.

As a long-term supplier partner of Airbus, Trescal has opened a greenfield calibration laboratory in Mobile, Alabama (USA ) near the new Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility.

Calibration services are based on technical skills, but also on providing local service that ensures responsiveness and flexibility. This new 250m² calibration laboratory will perform accredited calibrations services  for measuring instruments in the dimensional, torque, temperature and electrical parameters.

Three qualified technicians were hired at the opening of the new lab, but this number is expected to double in the coming months.

The lab reinforces the already established network managed by the group's subsidiary, Trescal Inc., which comprises 11 laboratories and employs 300 people. It will service Airbus as well as other industries in the area.

“Trescal is honoured to be selected by Airbus to be their exclusive preferred calibration services provider at the new Airbus manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama. Following a successful European partnership, Trescal has now been awarded the opportunity to continue that in the USA. Our new laboratory will enable us to expand our operations into Mobile and further strengthen our positioning in the Southern Region. We are excited to be able to offer our customers in Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama local service and support.

We have been very fortunate to find a strong pool of qualified skilled work force in the region,” says Lonnie Spires, General Manager Trescal Inc. “Trescal is proud to be the calibration partner for Airbus activities in France, United-Kingdom, Germany and now the United States. We pursue our strategy which consists in servicing our key customers wherever they are located,” adds Olivier Delrieu, CEO Trescal Group.


Trescal Donibristle calibration facility is operating at full force

The latest Trescal UKAS accredited calibration facility in Donibristle, Scotland, is now fully operational.

The calibration facility, which is the largest site in Scotland (28,000 sq ft), employs 47 people, including four apprentices. The site investment has consolidated the previous Glenrothes facility into the newly refurbished building, alongside the Trescal acquired ‘Aeroflex Test Equipment Services’ laboratory; strengthening the group’s resource and technical capability in the region.

The new facility benefits from access to internationally led technical calibration support through the wider Trescal Group, and features an extensive range of calibration requirements.

Trescal is in fact the first UKAS accredited facility in Scotland to offer temperature calibration, other capabilities include: high voltage, radiation hazard, torque, volume, dimensional, electrical, pressure, and repair.

Ken Baxter General Manager for Donibristle at Trescal UK, comments “The Donibristle Trescal facility is a One-Stop-Shop for all UKAS accredited calibration services and needs which, thanks to the investment to consolidate all of our expertise and knowledge, is now under one roof.  “We have listened to our customers and as part of the investment have focussed on bolstering the services Donibristle can offer, in addition to investing in new equipment to service an even wider variety of markets.”

The Donibristle calibration facility is located on Muirton Way, Donibristle Industrial Estate, Fife, KY11 9FZ.

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The UK's largest dimensional lab opens its doors

Trescal UK’s refurbished and enlarged Manchester facility has officially opened its doors and is now fully operational, following completion of major works which have delivered a world class calibration and testing capability.

The new facility, which has incorporated part of Trescal’s Leigh capability, is now the largest dimensional laboratory in the UK measuring 13,800 sq ft and employing 55 people. The laboratory is a one-stop-shop to service an extensive range of calibration requirements. This includes the following capability; high voltage, acoustics, accelerometry, mass, torque, dimensional, electrical and pressure.

The project, which was completed on the 31st May, has included the refurbishment of existing laboratory facilities and the creation of specialist standard laboratories which operate under strict climatic conditions to within 0.5oC. In the course of the refurbishment 8.5 miles of data cabling was laid in the building and 3.5 miles of power cabling.

In addition to the creation of six new laboratories, as part of the transition project, the Manchester site has also enjoyed a major investment in new equipment, including a new coordinate measurement machine (CMM), state-of-the-art automated screw gauge calibration equipment.

The Manchester facility primarily services in the North of England, as well as providing dimensional calibration support to the UK Trescal network and is also the central hub for Trescal’s logistics operation in the UK. The key industrial sectors served being aerospace, rail, pharmaceuticals, energy and automotive.

Kevin Hancox, Branch Manager for Manchester, says the refurbished facility is a flagship for Trescal in the UK. “We have taken our calibration capabilities in the North West of England and merged them under one roof to provide customers with seven additional scopes of calibration and a much-improved customer service experience.

“The whole build project has been designed around expansion improved workflow, from goods inward, through to calibration and then the return of equipment to customers. Environmental issues formed a key element of the design with new energy efficient LED lighting, soundproofing and insulation.