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One Eighty was founded by renown metallurgist and materials engineer, Dr Janet Cotton, in 2002.

Today, with 21 years of partnering with industry, One Eighty is Africa’s most widely scoped ISO 17025:2017 materials and metallurgical testing laboratory with over 1400 clients globally.

One Eighty is a firm of materials engineers and metallurgists, providing metallurgical testing, metallurgical consulting services, advanced materials testing and advanced materials consulting services.

One Eighty is a uniquely Bureau Veritas Marine and Offshore approved laboratory, and the only materials testing lab in Africa that is a SASSDA (Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association) Member. One Eighty is also a member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)

One Eighty provides a wide range of metallurigical, materials engineering and materials testing solutions. The company is made up of a team of highly creative, vibrant and well-trained engineers. One Eighty prides itself on being able to solve highly technical problems with reliable skills and abilities and Dr Janet Cotton and her team of engineers are well known for exception root cause failure investigation work. The One Eighty team specialises in applying high-level technical skills to everyday engineering problems – providing elegant, efficient and cost-effective engineering solutions.

One Eighty has 21 years experience partnering with industry to provide solutions in materials engineering, materials testing and metallurgy:


  • Metallurgy
  • Metallurgical Testing
  • Metallurgical Consulting: Root Cause Failure Investigation, Expert Witness, Materials Selection Analysis, General product and process problem solving
  • Welding Engineering and Weld Verification


  • Advanced Materials Testing
  • Advanced Materials Consulting: Root Cause Failure Investigation, Expert Witness, Materials Selection Analysis, General product and process problem solving
  • Quality systems consulting

One Eighty is often asked to present on case studies and engineering subjects at various society meetings. View our case studies, here.

who is one eighty?

We are a group of metallurgical, materials and mechanical graduate consulting engineers and chemists.
We are technology and integrity partners to our customers. We are supported by our  ISO 17025:2017 accredited laboratory. We use high-level technology to solve real-life problems, making products and processes efficient and reliable.

We would like to be the global partner of choice that provides the MATERIALS ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS of today and tomorrow. We provide value-added professional solutions in the field of materials science and engineering to all industry sectors.

Our engineering solutions focus on the challenges of manufactured products made of any material or chemical including: metallic alloys, polymers, ceramics, concrete, composites, organic and inorganic chemicals.

Our services are delivered with integrity, intelligence and innovation by our experienced professional engineers, supported by our accredited materials testing facility.
We have access to a wide range of expertise.
We have experience in a wide range of industry sectors.
We solve problems quickly and provide solutions that make a difference.
We provide answers.

Leadership team


Founder & Director
Bsc (Eng), PHD (Materials Engineering UCT), PR Eng Member: MLA, SAIMM, SAIMENA, SASSDA, Corrosion Institute, SAIW


General Manager
Extensive and diverse business experience in operational leadership, human resources, and organisational development.

Our team


Consulting Engineer
BEng Mechanical Engineering


Quality Manager


Laboratory Manager and Consulting Engineer
BSc in Mechanical Engineering


Senior Technician
Level 2 Welding Inspector


Consulting Engineer
BEng Mechanical Engineering


Junior Engineer
BSc in Mechanical Engineering (UCT)


Junior Engineer
BSc in Mechanical Engineering (UCT)


Administration and Operations






Lab Technician


Lab Technician

Our Accreditations and Memberships:

Through SANAS, we are ISO 17025:2017 accredited for the widest range of metallugical tests of all materials testing laboratories in Africa.

SANAS is responsible for carrying out accreditations in respect of conformity assessments mandated through the Accreditation for Conformity Assessment, Calibration and Good Laboratory Practice Act (Act 19 of 2006).

Read or download our SANAS accreditation certificate here

Bureau Veritas is a French company specialized in testing, inspection and certification founded in 1828. It operates in a variety of sectors, including Building & Infrastructure, Agri-food & Commodities, Marine & Offshore, Industry, Certification and Consumer Products. We are approved by Bureau Veritas for our range of accredited materials testing in the Marine and Offshore industry.

SAIMENA is the South African Institute of Marine Engineers and Naval Architects, the only technical society in South Africa dedicated to marine engineers and naval architects.

The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association(Sassda), is one of the most active stainless steel industry associations in the world and has, since 1964, been involved in increasing the awareness and use of stainless steel in Southern Africa.

The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation or ILAC started as a conference in 1977 with the aim of developing international cooperation for facilitating trade by promotion of the acceptance of accredited test and calibration results

The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is a non-profit technical organisation dedicated to furthering standards in welding-fabrication and related technologies. Established in 1948, it is a founder member of the International Institute of Welding (IIW).

Our Clients

“One Eighty Integrated Engineering Solutions is a firm of Technology and Integrity Partners and consulting engineers.


“One Eighty Integrated Engineering Solutions is a firm of Technology and Integrity Partners and consulting engineers.

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