NDT CCS acquires majority stake in Omani firm
NDT CCS provides conventional and advanced NDT services as well as material testing laboratory services for a range of industrial sectors including oil and gas, petrochemicals, mining, nuclear and utilities
Investcorp's portfolio company NDT Corrosion Control Services Co (NDT CCS) has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Hi-Tech Inspection Services, the Oman-based provider of industrial non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection services.
Investcorp acquired a majority stake in NDT CCS in July 2015 from the Al Shuwayer Group which founded the company in 1975 and retains a minority stake alongside Investcorp.
Hi-Tech’s founders Al Sulaimi Group Holding established the company in 1996. Hi-Tech offers non-destructive testing, post-weld heat treatment and specialised inspection services to clients in Oman engaged in the oil and gas, manufacturing and construction sectors.
Hi-Tech employs over 600 technicians and has an estimated market share of over 35% in Oman.
“This is the first major investment for Investcorp’s portfolio company in Oman and we are confident that Hi-Tech will be a natural fit for NDT CCS,” Harsh Shethia, managing director at Investcorp in Oman, said. “Investcorp will lend its operational and financial expertise with the objective of helping the combined company create new growth opportunities in Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the rest of the GCC."
Haitham Al Fannah, CEO of Al Sulaimi Group Holding, said: “Over the past 20 years, we have built Hi-Tech into Oman’s leading NDT and inspection services company. It is the right time to bring on a strategic investor to provide the depth and market position to allow us to grow across the GCC.”
Established in 1975, NDT CCS is the largest non-destructive testing service provider in Saudi Arabia employing over 925 employees across Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait.
NDT CCS provides conventional and advanced NDT services as well as material testing laboratory services for a range of industrial sectors including oil and gas, petrochemicals, mining, nuclear and utilities.
NDT is an essential service which involves the testing and evaluation of pipes, pressure vessels, oil platforms and other key industrial components to identify flaws or defects without causing damage.