HORIBA MIRA’s CEO, Dr George Gillespie OBE, announced the new deal during the Prime Minister’s trade visit to China. Theresa May’s three-day trip saw 50 delegates accompany the Prime Minister to foster British trade opportunities in China and promote the UK as a great place to invest. The new partnership will see HORIBA MIRA provide road load data to improve Dicastal’s fatigue analysis process in the design of aluminium wheels. This partnership will help Dicastal to better understand how its wheel technology performs on varying road surfaces during a typical vehicle life in China.
HORIBA MIRA’s expertise in the creation of vehicle durability targets for the Chinese and Global automotive markets will be utilised by Dicastal to better understand the full vehicle durability requirements when developing their next generation of products.
HORIBA MIRA will provide data from the durability surfaces of its proving ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire (UK). The data provided will represent the range of structural inputs seen by the typical ‘95th percentile’ vehicle user in the Chinese market. This usage target has been developed through independent research conducted by HORIBA MIRA to characterise vehicle usage in China.
This collaboration will also enable Dicastal and HORIBA MIRA to explore the wider benefits of aluminium as a lightweight alternative to steel. With China’s increasing focus on electric vehicles, which require the use of lighter materials in their manufacture, there is increasing demand for the global automotive industry to invest in developing lightweight components.