Ring, the Leeds-based lighting and automotive aftermarket supplier, has invested £294,000 in quality assurance and future technologies to sure up future success.
£60,000 has been spent 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.
Ring is one of few organisations in the country that has its own dedicated on-site ISO:9001-accredited QA facility.
It 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 1 million individual pixels of light, giving superior accuracy when testing or calibrating light sources.
Product development and innovation has always been a priority for Ring, but the company has taken its commitment one step further with the launch of a dedicated FTU, which 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.
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, Technical and NPD Director, 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 Quality Assurance facility and Future Technologies Unit 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. 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.”