Cellbond celebrated their landmark 30th Anniversary with a two-day Technical Conference in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire on 25th and 26th April.
The event was attended by leaders from the global Automotive Passive Safety Testing sector and took place in one of the company’s four sites, which was transformed into a temporary conference venue.
The programme included keynote speeches from industry experts in automotive safety talking about the future of the sector, as well as key projects. Speakers included: Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General, Euro NCAP. David Zuby, Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Thomas Kinsky, Senior Expert Product Regulations Passive Safety, Opel Automobile. Atsuhiro Konosu, Manager and Senior Researcher Crash Safety Research, Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI). David Hynd, Head of Biomechanics and Injury Prevention Group, TRL. Saeed Barbat, Executive Technical Leader for Safety, Ford Motor Company. Costandinos Visvikis, Manager Industrial Relations Child Safety, Cybex. Steve Moss, Director – ATD Systems, DTS Michigan and Paul Lemmen, ATD Business Development Manager, Cellbond.
Visitors were also able to tour the factories to see deformable barrier production and testing facilities, ATD engineering capabilities, ATD moulding and production and the ISO17025 accredited ATD Test Lab.
Highlights of the event included the opening of Cellbond’s Impact Sled by Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen, and the unveiling of Cellbond’s latest ATD product, the THOR-50M dummy. Information was also provided on how Cellbond worked with the relevant ISO committee on the development of the advanced Pedestrian Leg Impactor (aPLI).
Dr Mike Ashmead, Founder and Chairman of Cellbond, said: “When I started the company in 1988, I did not anticipate just how much it would develop over the years. Through the hard work and dedication of many people we have grown and continue to do so. Cellbond’s approach has always been to work in partnership with our customers and actively seek out opportunities for innovation and improvement, this has been key to our success in the ATD field. Increasing our product range from barriers to Q-Series dummies, Flex-PLI, aPLI and a full THOR-50M in less than 5 years has been a phenomenal achievement, and would not have been possible without the encouragement and support of our customers and partners. We are excited about what lies ahead and look forward to many new challenges to come.”