Harris Williams is a leading advisor to Testing, Inspection, Certification & Compliance (TICC) providers across numerous end markets and services categories.  With continued aging infrastructure, vast and accelerating development, and increasing regulatory scrutiny across all subsectors, our team is dedicated to understanding the complex industry dynamics and providing superior merger and acquisition advisory services to TICC companies throughout the world.

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Test & Inspection: Recent Clients Highlight the Segment’s Potential

In recent years, strategic and private equity buyers have acquired hundreds of U.S.-based Testing, Inspection, Certification & Compliance (TICC) businesses. It is a large, diverse sector with strong fundamentals, driving this considerable, sustained investor attention. 

Based on their extensive experience advising leading TICC companies, Harris Williams professionals Brian Lucas, Luke Semple and Ian Thomas share their thoughts on what is making these businesses a focus area for so many private equity groups.

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Observations from the ASNT Annual Conference

Harris Williams professionals Brian Lucas, Luke Semple and Ian Thomas attended the ASNT Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, the largest non-destructive testing (NDT) focused conference in the U.S. This report contains a summary of their observations from conversations with service providers at the conference. 

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Key Focus Areas

Buildings & Infrastructure

Design Review
Commercial, Residential, and Civil Inspection
Project and Construction Management
Construction Materials Testing
Structure Integrity Analysis

Life Sciences

Pharmaceuticals Testing
Medical Device Testing
Ecological Toxicology
Residue and Analytical Chemistry
Soil, Plant, Animal Metabolism

Energy / Oil & Gas

Oil, Fuel, Liquids, and Chain of Custody Testing
Energy Infrastructure Inspection and Testing
Integrity Management
Corrosion Monitoring
Production Analytics and Measurement

Food & Agriculture

Pesticide, Soil, and Seed/Crop Testing
FDA Audit and Compliance
Chemical and Nutritional Testing
Food Production Assessments
Food Contaminant Testing

Power & Utilities

T&D Inspection & Testing
Electrical Inspection & Testing
Renewables Testing and Inspection
In-Plant Inspection
Reliability Services


Product Failure Analysis
Environmental Impact Testing
Consumer Products Testing
Trade Certification and Auditing
Expert Witness Services


Stormwater Management
Emissions Monitoring and Testing
Soil, Water, and Air Testing
Environmental Consulting
Industrial Hygiene

Transportation / Aerospace

Supplier and Supply Chain Audits
3rd Party Assessments
Performance Management Services
Aerospace and Automotive Parts Testing
Manufacturing Inspections