CSA Group opens comprehensive transportation laboratory in Leyland  

CSA Group, a global provider of testing and certification services and leading standards development organisation, has opened its updated laboratory for testing and certification of equipment used in transportation.

Utilising the latest technology, the laboratory is one of the most comprehensive transportation testing facilities in Europe.

The laboratory is over 57,400 square feet and has invested in new equipment and facilities to offer state-of-the-art services.  The modernisation includes a new drive-in chamber with temperature testing ranging from -60˚C to 120˚C, an Accelerometer Calibration lab, new engine test cell upgrades and electric motor testing.

Dr Paul Wilkinson, global director of CSA’s Transportation Unit, says:What we have here in Leyland is a purpose-built test and development centre.

“The facility offers structural, NVH, whole vehicle, powertrain, component, environmental and vibrating testing. It is equipped with a dynamic/flexible modular beam system with strong floor points to aid in a diverse range of testing capabilities.

“It offers dedicated confidential test bays, durability testing and onsite instrumentation, fabrication and machining. It is an ISO 17025 test laboratory and ISO 17025 approved calibration laboratory.

“Combine that with skill sets of the people here, technicians with 30 or 40 years’ experience, we have the opportunity to invest and grow as we develop.

“We want to leverage the expertise from this business to develop over in Asia and North America and see this facility as a centre of excellence for helping other facilities across the globe as well as supporting growth here in Lancashire.

“This is a knowledge-based business, as we grow we recruit more high-quality engineers and technicians to accommodate that. We are growing our own apprentice scheme; we have four currently on site. We want to bring young people in and develop skills and capabilities to help deliver projects. "As a part of our global business strategy to invest in the European market and the transportation sector, we are delighted to offer our European clients expanded services in Leyland.”