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1937

Marine welding engineer, Lambertus van Ouwerkerk, founded his firm, the non-destructive testing (NDT) specialist RTD, in 1937. He built a successful business by realizing that X-ray inspection techniques could be utilised in order to check welds on ship hulls.

Van Ouwerkerk believed that NDT would play a crucial role in the use of welding techniques as a replacement for traditional riveting in steel construction.

1960

The discovery of gas in the Netherlands in the 1960s was the cue for the next significant rise in activity for RTD, as thousands of kilometres of gas pipeline were laid across the north of the country. Key steps towards the world of energy and oil and gas.

RTD's extensive knowledge and proven use of NDT techniques became hugely important to the development of the national gas network, as it performed detailed inspections of welds and other parts of the new infrastructure. This work provided the foundation for the recognition of the premier position held by Applus+ RTD today in the global pipeline sector.

1967
Growing demands for different types of NDT on diffent locations, requested a decentralized organisation. Not only did Applus RTD open new offices in the Netherlands, but internationally as well. In 1967 an office in Austria was opened.
 
Automated Ultrasonic Testing (AUT) for nuclear assets was developed, with RTD as one of the most important pioneers. Also, during this time the still frequently used RTD Rotoscan system was developed.
1973

RTD Germany established in West-Germany

1978
The in-house developed RTD Rotoscan system is deployed for the first time on a 30" pipeline.
1980

Start of RTD Belgium

1990

Establishment of RTD Canada

2003
RTD's acquisition of Compra in Germany
2005

RTD's acquisition of PS&I in France

2006

In 2006, RTD became part of the Applus+ Group, a global leader in inspection, testing, certification and technology.

Applus+ RTD has developed an unrivalled bank of knowledge of the processes involved across the energy and power industries, and we deliver our services around the world through a team of more than 4,500 highly experienced and capable employees.

2007

Applus+ RTD takes over Vantage (Netherlands), DCI Meettechniek (Netherlands), PNDT (Australia) and RMI (Norway).

2008
Applus+ RTD takes over MB Inspection (UK) and starts Applus+ RTD Austria and Applus+ RTD Switzerland.
The same year Applus+ RTD takes over JanX in the US.
2009

Applus RTD acquires CTS in France and Technico in Canada

2010

Acquisitions of QISI and Valley-X, both in the USA and Stavely in Canada.

We also opened an office in Denmark.

2011
Acquisitions in North and South America: JanX, Quality Inspection Services, Valley Industrial X-ray and Kiefner & Associates in the US, Technico and Stavely in Canada and Qualitec in Brazil.
Acquisitions in Australia: Steeltest and PNDT of Australia. As Applus RTD continues to grow, our focus remains the delivery of the highest possible standard of service in every discipline, in the key energy sector markets, both established and emerging.
 
2012
Applus+ shuts down operations in Poland.
75 years... a milestone to be proud of.
2013
Applus+ gains international accreditation for new Norwegian laboratory in Bryne
Applus+ RTD unveils Revolutionary NDT Technology! The RTD IWEX 3d Imaging
Applus+ strategic acquisitions of West (Valley), East (QIS), North (JANX), Kiefner and Canada East (Technico)
2014
Applus+ announces the sale of Applus+ RTD Belgium.
Applus+ RTD strengthens its position in its key market USA with the acquisition of NRay Services and X-Ray Industries
Applus+ is listed on the Madrid Stock Exchange in May 2014.

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