Ring, one of the UK’s leading lighting and automotive aftermarket suppliers, has invested £60,000 in specialist equipment that will be used in its Quality Assurance facility, while a further £234,000 has supported the launch of a new Future Technologies Unit at its head office in Leeds.
As one of the few organisations in the country that has its own dedicated on-site ISO:9001-accredited Quality Assurance (QA) facility, Ring has updated its testing equipment. This includes a new IC-PMI8 Imaging Colorimeter camera, which measures up to 1m 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 Future Technologies Unit (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 been 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, from Ring, commented, “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 QA facility and FTU 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.”
Trusted by technicians and garage mechanics, along with some of the largest retailers across Europe, the business has extended its workforce, launched new offices and put in place new equipment. This will allow it to continue to focus on the development of new and improved products that are compatible with European standards and will remain compliant post-Brexit.
With Europe identified as a key market, Ring is working hard to build its brand presence and establish its reputation as a leading automotive aftermarket supplier beyond the UK.