Headquartered in Nottingham, UK, Phenna Group’s aim is to invest in and partner with selected niche, independent Testing, Inspection, Certification and Compliance (TICC) companies that serve a variety of sectors, ensuring customers’ peace of mind by delivering first class assurance services. This is second acquisition made by Phenna Group in 2022 and our first in Singapore, adding further strength and depth to our NDT & Industrials Division.
A-Star Testing & Inspection was first established in 2008 and is a leading global Ship Survey and Class Approved UTM, Conventional Non-Destructive Testing, Advanced Non-Destructive Testing, Heat Treatment and Third party inspection company with its Corporate Head office in Singapore and regional offices in Malaysia, Indonesia, India and beyond. The business boasts over 300 qualified professionals staff certified in PCN and ASNT for Advanced and Conventional Non Destructive Testing Methods, in addition to IRATA Rope Access Qualifications. The company provides its wide range of services to blue chip clients in the Marine, Offshore, Oil & Gas, Petro-chemical and Renewables industries in Singapore and across EMEA and APAC regions. These services are endorsed by a wide range of Classification Societies, Certification Bodies & Accreditation Counsels worldwide.
Gopal Balakrishnan(‘Bala’), CEO of A-Star commented, “I am delighted to complete our partnership agreement with Phenna Group. A-Star Group have grown consistently over the last decade and I’ve thought long and hard about both the timing and selection of securing the right partner. From my first meeting with Paul, Eric and David, over 2 years ago, they have remained committed to our deal structure, have acted with clarity and integrity and given me extreme confidence that our partnership will be good news for the business and will afford me the strong support I’ll need to continue our growth plans.”
Paul Barry, Group CEO of Phenna Group said: “I’m delighted that Bala and his team have agreed to join Phenna Group. A-Star have cemented an extremely strong reputation in the Asian marketplace as a leader in their field. This landmark deal, our first partnership in Singapore, expands our growing international footprint and I’m excited to work with Bala and his team, to help deliver their very ambitious growth plans.”
Phenna Group were advised by Avonhurst (London), N8 Law LLC (Singapore), Donavan & Ho (Malaysia), Fikry Gunawarn (Indonesia), Game Changer Law Advisers (India) and RSM.
A-Star Group were advised by GCA Singapore Pte. Ltd. and PK Wong & Nair LLC.