History

2003

Elastomer Research Testing BV (ERT) was founded on August 4th 2003. The founders were Dr. Ir. Johan Baaij and rubbertechnologist Jan van Kranenburg (LPRI).

 

2004

ERT organizes for the first time the course “ Inleiding Rubbertechniek” .This introduction course for newcomers working with rubber will become very succesfull. ERT organizes a users-group of DMTA testequipment of Gabo. Participants are Vredestein Banden (now called Apollo Vredestein) , Ruma Rubber, Vernay and Elastomer Research Testing.

 

2005

ERT receives on January 24th, 2005 for the first time the ISO 9001-2000 certification. Formulation of our mission: “ Innovation through partnership”.

 

2006

ERT realizes for the first time a positive financial result in 2006, after a growth in turnover of 80%. ERT decides to start with preparing for ISO 17025 accreditation (scope is determined).

 

2007

Decision made to start with new tailor-made laboratory building for ERT. For the first time in history ERT realizes a positive capital. Our laboratory-manager Dr. Ir. Kuno Dijkhuis starts his career at ERT. A three years research agreement is signed between Teijin-Twaron and ERT (conducted research on aramid short fiber reinforced rubbercompound).

 

2008

In March, ERT-Newsletter Issue-1 is send. Opening of our new building on July 4th 2008.

 

2009

February 2009, ISO 9001-2008 certification. ERT is one of the participants in the EFRO-project “Save Tires Safe Energy” together with Apollo Vredestein and Twente University. The project will run between 2009 and 2014. This project is granted by the European Union (EFRO) together with the local authorities (GO, Gelderland and Overijssel) Visit of VKRT (Organisation for rubber- and plastic technologists) to the ERT laboratories.

 

2010

For the first time our workshop “ Eigenschappen en testen van rubber” is organized (Properties and testing of rubber). Dr. Ir. Johan Baaij technical director and one of the founders of ERT retires; he will still be available on a consultancy agreement.

 

2011

On January 19th 2011 ERT has becomes accredited according to ISO 17025 requirements . In ISO 17025 standard the general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories are prescribed. ERT start with the new course: “Rubber in afdichtingen “ (Rubber in seals).

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