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Millbrook’s Leyland Site Celebrates 40 Years of Commercial Vehicle Testing

Auto News - Published on Tue, 07 Jul 2020

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Millbrook’s Leyland facility, formerly Leyland Vehicles’ technical centre, is celebrating 40 years of operation this year. Throughout its history the Leyland site has been at the cutting-edge of commercial vehicle testing and development, and remains instrumental in helping to move the sector forward.

The Leyland test track and technical centre was officially opened in 1980 by Sir Keith Joseph, the then Secretary of State for Industry. Even in those early years, Leyland was home to some of the best facilities in the world. For instance, the ground-breaking site boasted a test track specifically designed for commercial vehicles and a Semi-Anechoic Chamber. It also housed truly unique facilities and technologies for the time, including a structures laboratory with a 1.2 mega-watt pumping station and 1,000 tonne seismic block.

Millbrook acquired the centre in July 2017 with the aim of expanding its capabilities in propulsion and vehicle testing to better serve the commercial vehicle sector. The company retained the employees at the Lancashire base and immediately focused on growing the business further.

In the three years since Millbrook took ownership of the Leyland facility, it has invested significantly to ensure it has the latest technology and equipment. In 2019, for instance, two 3E Electric Drive Unit test rigs were installed at the facility, bolstering Millbrook’s position as a leading global provider of electric driveline testing. These were supplied by Millbrook’s US team, which provides propulsion test systems to a global customer base. A new seat test laboratory has also been installed to test the durability and refinement of vehicle seats, extending existing capabilities.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 07 Jul 2020
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