Materials manufacturer establishes R&D base at Horiba MIRA

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The Autins Group, which develops lightweight parts for the automotive industry, has moved into the Horiba MIRA Technology Park in the UK to extend its research and testing facilities.

Autins has taken a lease on a 3,000ft² premises at the MIRA facility in Warwickshire in the UK to set up an R&D facility. The Autins Technical Centre is expected to be up and running by summer 2016 with accreditation to UKAS standards expected by the second quarter of 2017. The facility will then be able to offer materials testing commercially to companies from a range of industries, including automotive.

The site will be headed by Dr Kathryn Beresford, CTO at the Autins Group. Initial testing there will be for products made at its Midlands factories and at its sites in Sweden and Germany. It will also be a hub for research on new lightweight materials with thermal and acoustic properties.

Jim Griffin, CEO of the Autins Group, commented, “Horiba MIRA offers research and testing facilities which are second to none. It is well located for our three local sites as well as the thriving Midlands automotive industry and so seemed the ideal place to develop our R&D capabilities.”

April 19, 2016

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