Designing and building a new, market-leading seat design is no easy feat. Mirus Aircraft Seating will soon be able to perform another portion of the process in house. The company received a grant to build the largest commercially available aircraft seating test facility in the UK. The facility is expected to enter service in July 2022.
The addition of our very own in-house testing facility is a momentous milestone for Mirus and a significant investment in the local economy. This will improve our capabilities right across the business, by reducing programme lead times, increasing our technical knowledge, and strengthening our overall competence.– Ben McGuire, CEO of Mirus
The facility will feature a state-of-the-art, dynamic test sled, which is a bespoke device used for destructive or non-destructive crash test replication. Designed for high-impact testing of automotive, aerospace, motorsport and rail vehicles, the 30m-long device is the most technologically advanced available.
“This will be the newest dynamic seat testing facility in the UK and will rival some of the very best facilities across Europe. It will give us the ability to develop new technologies at a much faster pace, allowing us to innovate and meet the specific needs of our discerning airline clients,” says Mirus CEO Ben McGuire.
The brand-new 407m² facility, which will be an extension to Mirus’ current 2,500m² head office site in Norfolk, will feature the latest in aircraft testing technology and have the largest capacity currently in the market. Construction of the new site will begin in September 2021.
Funding for the facility comes via a grant given by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Growing Business Fund.
Mirus currently works with Airbus, TUI Group, and Air Asia. The company holds orders for over 120,000 of its flagship Hawk seats, with some already flying. The company is looking to expand its client base with the opening of the new facility.
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