Calspan and MESSRING partner to provide automotive test solutions
Coming together to fulfill the growing North American demand for crash test services and equipment
Buffalo, New York – On September 26, 2017, Calspan and MESSRING announce that a partnership agreement has been established between both companies. This partnership fulfills a growing market need for automotive crash test services and the associated specialized equipment in response to the recent increase in the number of vehicular fatalities year over year. Against the backdrop of the largest yearly increase in deaths from car crashes since 1975, and with the U.S. Department of Transportation considering a major upgrade of the U.S. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), automotive manufacturers and suppliers must begin to invest in crash test facilities, services, and equipment to develop safer vehicles.
The complexities involved with building a new or upgrading an existing crash test facility are widely variable. The types of testing, types of vehicles that can be tested, and the ability of the facility to conform to future requirements all factor into proper crash facility design. A partnership between MESSRING and Calspan will provide customers with a singular point of contact, resulting in a best value solution. Together, they will jointly present customers holistic solutions which encompass identifying and acquisition of suitable real estate, conceptual crash lab design, specialized crash lab equipment, and construction management.
Furthermore, to minimize the impact that downtime can have on a lab being upgraded, Calspan will provide crash test services and test specific training on MESSRING equipment, making the transition for the customer seamless. Under this agreement, Calspan will also perform calibrations on MESSRING load cells, DAS products and speed traps.
“Calspan is well known for its exceptional engineering, crash test and calibration services; including the successful execution of complex NHTSA frontal oblique crash tests using T.H.O.R crash test dummies. This partnership in combination with Calspan’s new, state-of-the-art and highly secure crash facility, which is outfitted with MESSRING’s equipment, positions Calspan to meet the needs of regulators, traditional OEM’s, safety restraint suppliers and EV / start-ups” stated Jerry Goupil, Director of Crash Testing, Calspan.
“MESSRING is proud to continue a long history of providing the highest performance crash test equipment in the world. A partnership with Calspan extends our serviceable reach throughout all of North America. We will be able to provide our customers with a higher level of service, and a closer point of contact with the services that support our equipment” stated Mr. Corey Miller, Vice President, MESSRING North America.
For more than 70 years, Calspan has been providing research and testing services in the aviation and transportation industries and is internationally recognized for research and innovation. Calspan is privately owned with its headquarters located in Buffalo, New York where they maintain a variety of testing facilities including a transonic wind tunnel, a vehicle crash test operation, a HYGE sled used for child seat testing, and a high performance tire testing facility. Calspan also operates a flight research and testing facility at the Niagara Falls International Airport where they own and operate a number of aircraft used as in-flight simulators and airborne testbeds. For more information about Calspan, please visit https://www.calspan.com.
MESSRING in Krailling, close to Munich is the world’s leading manufacturer of crash test systems and components. The mid-size company designs and builds turnkey test systems for customers in all relevant markets and on nearly all continents. To date, MESSRING has implemented more than 100 large crash test systems for automotive OEMs, automotive suppliers, governmental authorities and insurance companies – more than any other company. In the process, the global market leader continues to astonish the industry time and again with innovative advances and revolutionary new solutions, whether in system design, the actual measurement equipment, or in documentation and recording of individual tests. For more information, go to www.messring.de