National Engineering Laboratory

A privately-owned engineering centre located on the Scottish Enterprise Technology Park in East Kilbride (South Lanarkshire), the National Engineering Laboratory (NEL)began as the Mechanical Engineering Research Laboratory, a government research laboratory created at temporary accommodation at Thorntonhall in 1948 and moving in stages to its present site from the following year. It took on the engineering measurement from the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington and was renamed the National Engineering Laboratory in 1959, directed by the Reseach Council. Responsibility passed to the Ministry of Technology in 1965 and to the Department of Trade and Industry in 1970. This laboratory was privatised in the late 1980s, and significantly downsized. In 1995, it became part of the German testing and certification group TÜV SÜD. NEL is the custodian of the national standards for flow and density measurement, and now provides consultancy, measurement, testing and calibration, research and development and training services to the global energy, oil & gas sectors.

They also have a nuclear technologies division which has a presence at Janetstown Industrial Estate in Thurso and a wind turbine test site at Myres Hill in East Renfrewshire.


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