Berlin. Engineering partner IAV is extending its service portfolio in vehicle safety in the Ingolstadt region. The new test center is being set up at Interpark in Großmehring. Yesterday, the first sod was turned for the facility which will employ some 30 to 40 developers, mechanics and technicians from IAV. All told, the Berlin-based company is investing around € 25 million in the new building which is being constructed on an area of three hectares. This makes the company the only independent engineering partner in Europe to operate two crash-testing facilities.
200 times 40 meters – this is the size of the complex which will be built in four sections. The new ‘Test Center South’ will be used by the fully owned IAV Fahrzeugsicherheit GmbH & Co. KG subsidiary specializing in vehicle safety. In an electrically operated test facility, vehicles will be accelerated to collide with an obstacle – e.g. deformable barriers or other vehicles – to simulate collisions and accidents in a near-reality setting. The company already operates a crash test facility at IAV’s Development Center in Gifhorn.
“Southern Germany provides considerable market potential in terms of vehicle safety. Building and operating a crash test facility will allow us to tap this potential long-term”, says Thomas Papenheim, head of Safety and Exterior at IAV and Managing Director of IAV Fahrzeugsicherheit.
Breaking the ground today, IAV is laying the foundation for further growth. “In future, we want to assist our customers even more and continue to meet the industry’s growing demands. Expanding activities in the South aims at providing clients with the best possible support on their doorstep and making sure we can promptly process projects”, says Michael Schubert, President and CEO at IAV.
IAV’s engineering expertise in vehicle safety is being exploited to the full for constructing and operating ‘Test Center South’. “It will benefit from the many years of experience we have gathered from our crash facility in Gifhorn. This applies to the technical outfit as well as to optimizing the necessary floor plans and building complexes”, explains Martin Petermann, Operations Manager for Southern Germany.
Initial customer projects are due to start in the third quarter of 2017.