Ring, one of the UK’s lighting and automotive aftermarket suppliers, has invested £60,000 on specialist equipment that will be used in its ‘quality assurance’ (QA) facility, while a further £234,000 has supported the launch of a new ‘future technologies unit’ (FTU) at its head office in Leeds.
As one of few organisations in the country that has its own dedicated on-site ISO:9001-accredited QA facility, Ring has updated its testing equipment, which includes a new IC-PMI8 Imaging Colorimeter camera from US-based specialists Radiant Vision Systems, which measures up to 1m individual pixels of light, giving superior accuracy when testing or calibrating light sources.
The launch of a dedicated FTU allows the company to focus on emerging and new innovations that will ensure the business remains relevant to a changing marketplace.
Ongoing funds of more than £145,000 have also be attributed to the unit to allow the business to continue to benchmark against competitors and complete checks to ensure the endurance and effectiveness of its range in various weather and lighting conditions.
Team of specialists
The company has also invested in a team of specialists to support this work, making three strategic appointments; Bhavesh Mistry and Paul Shaw as new product development managers and Charles Maltby as technical and NPD director.
Charles Maltby said: “Research has suggested that the pace of change in the automotive industry will be greater over the next decade than it has been in the past 100 years.
“This means that these updates to the QA facility and FTU are essential if we are to continue to offer the best quality products to our customers.
“This investment is also about reinforcing our commitment to quality.
“Commitment to quality”
“We could simply rely on third party testing, but with the facilities that we have on site, we are able to go one step further and carry out our own comparisons to give us unique insights into the durability of our range.”
With Europe identified as a key market, Ring is working hard to build its brand presence and establish its reputation as a leading automotive aftermarket supplier beyond the UK.
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