Commercial aircraft seating manufacturer, Mirus Aircraft Seating, has received a grant approval of more than £4 million (US$5.54m) from the ‘New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Growing Business Fund’ to build the largest commercially available aircraft seating test facility in the UK. The company believes the new facility will expand its client base.
The 407m² test facility will house the latest aircraft testing technology, which will be an extension to its current 2,500m² head office site in Norfolk. A star technology at the facility will be a 30m-long dynamic test sled for destructive or non-destructive crash test replication.
Construction will begin in September 2021, with the official opening scheduled for July 2022. Mirus has already started a recruitment drive for numerous highly skilled roles across engineering and project management.
Ben McGuire, CEO of Mirus, stated, “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.”