We operate four ISO17025 accredited product test labs around the world. With our capabilities throughout the Akron OH, Ravenna OH, Shawbury UK and Billingham UK sites, we specialize in material & product testing services for the automotive industry.
Our customers are Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's), Tier 1 & 2 system & component suppliers, & materials producers. Smithers Rapra support key suppliers in the supply chains to many of the leading North American, European and Asian car manufacturers.
Services available to the Automotive Sector include:
A wide range of performance evaluations on virgin & recycled plastics, rubber, sealants, specific parts, wheels and tires. Our service offering covers abrasion, resistance to UV & light, chemical, general physical properties through vibration, environmental cycling and stress analysis.
Product performance evaluation services are as equally wide & diverse:
Interior - hard & soft trim, functional components including switches, shifters, vents, etc. door panels, instrument panels & seating.
Exterior - bumpers, grilles, finishers, lighting, weather-strip, spoilers, rubbing strips, door seals etc.
Under the hood - coolant & intercooler hose, plastic manifolds, seals & gaskets, diffusers, mud flaps and mounts.
Suspension & Handling - tires, brake hose, mounts and suspension components.
Smithers Rapra has extensive experience in designing & build one off test jigs & developing test protocols. Our technical support services are world leading & include failure diagnosis, design & process optimization & material analysis.
Our Information products & services include a wide range of review reports, a vast online information database, daily news updates, training courses & a program of conferences covering a wide range of key market and technology themes.