Aircraft seating manufacturer Mirus to build £4m testing facility


Aircraft seating manufacturer Mirus is to build a £4 million (US$5.5 million) test facility at its headquarters in Norfolk, UK featuring the latest

The 407m² facility will be an extension to Mirus’ current 2,500m² site  and will feature the latest in aircraft testing technology and have the largest capacity currently in the market. Construction of the new facility will begin in September 2021, with the official opening scheduled for July 2022.

Construction of the seating test facility is being funded by a local government grant from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Growing Business Fund.

The facility will feature a 30m-long (100ft) dynamic test sled, a bespoke-developed device used for destructive or non-destructive crash test replication. Designed for high-impact testing of automotive, aerospace, motorsport and rail vehicles, the device will be the most technologically advanced available on the market currently.

Ben McGuire, CEO of Mirus, said, “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.

“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.”

Mirus currently works with Airbus, TUI Group, and Air Asia, with more than 120,000 of its flagship Hawk seats ordered and flying on aircraft all over the world. The company is looking to expand its client base with the opening of the new facility.

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Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.

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