AKRON, Ohio--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Smithers Rapra, a world leader in rubber, plastics and composites testing expertise, announced today that it will add automotive product testing services to its Lansing, Michigan facility, providing enhanced services to the Michigan-based automotive industry. Brad McDougall, an expert in automotive component testing, has been named lead test engineer for the Smithers Rapra Lansing Product Testing Lab, which will open in January 2014.
“We are focused on investing in innovative, new services to meet our customers’ needs”
The announcements were made at the Automotive Testing Expo 2013 North America, in Novi, Michigan, where Smithers Rapra is highlighting its plastics, rubber and composite materials product testing solutions in Booth 7063. Company experts are on hand to speak with attendees about the wide range of testing services offered to the automotive industry. From tires and wheels to polymer based components, to automotive components, and the effects of winter conditions on tire traction and vehicle safety systems, Smithers Rapra will showcase its standard and custom testing capabilities designed to assist companies go to market quicker and with higher success rates.
The new Lansing Product Testing Lab is being added to enhance Smithers Rapra’s existing service to the R&D and engineering labs of major automakers and suppliers in Michigan and the Midwest. It will complement the co-located Smithers Pira package and distribution testing lab, which serves consumer packaged goods and beverage companies, medical device manufacturers, automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers with evaluations of product packaging and how they perform in the reality of the complex supply chain.
“We are focused on investing in innovative, new services to meet our customers’ needs,” said Jim Dowey, president of Smithers Rapra. “Adding Brad McDougall to our product testing team, led by industry expert Jeff Andrasik, I’m confident we will continue to add value to our automotive clients’ product life cycles by helping them solve their development challenges.”
McDougall’s career spans various aspects of the automotive industry. From air bag and seat belt testing to steering wheel and seat engineering, he has led teams focused on testing and evaluating the safety and quality of automotive parts throughout his 20-year career.
Automotive Testing Expo attendees should visit the Smithers Rapra Booth 7063 to learn more or visit www.smithersrapra.com.
The Smithers Rapra Lansing Product Testing Lab joins the Smithers Product Testing Lab in Akron, OH, Tire & Wheel Test Center in Ravenna, OH, the Winter Test Facility in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and lab in Suzhou, China in serving the global automotive industry.
About Smithers Rapra
Smithers Rapra has been a trusted partner of the plastics and rubber industries for over 90 years. Our business is built around delivering a complete portfolio of rubber and plastic testing services to support a wide range of industry sectors including tire, automotive, polymer products, oil and gas, medical device, pharmaceutical, transport, packaging, industrial, and consumer products. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products. Please visit www.smithersrapra.com.
About The Smithers Group:
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Viscient, Smithers Pira, Smithers Rapra, Smithers Apex, Smithers Avanza, and Smithers Quality Assessments. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. As a group, the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long-term growth. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products, by utilizing testing, consulting, information, and compliance services. All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions. For more information, visit www.smithers.com.
You can reach the Smithers Rapra North America office at:
425 West Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44303