Mirus crash testing sled is pictured

Press Release: Mirus Aircraft Seating unveils UK crash test facility


Press Release hub banner blue with title in red white and blueOn Friday 21 April, one of the UK’s leading commercial aircraft seating manufacturers, Mirus Aircraft Seating, opened M-TEST, the largest commercially available and most technologically advanced crash test facility in the country.

The brand-new 407m² facility is an extension of Mirus’ current 2,500m² HQ in Norfolk, and boasts the latest in testing technology. Possessing the greatest capacity currently in the market, M-TEST rivals some of the very best facilities in Europe and will allow them to develop new technologies at a much faster pace – enabling greater innovation and speed to market for Mirus’ seating products.

The facility features a state-of-the-art, dynamic test sled, a bespoke device used for destructive and non-destructive crash test replication. Designed for high-impact testing of automotive, aerospace, motorsport and rail vehicles, the 30m long device is the most technologically advanced available. Pending capacity, Mirus has the capability to lend M-TEST services to external domestic and international parties in the aerospace, automotive and locomotive sectors.

The launch will be marked by a grand opening event, hosted by CEO of Mirus Aircraft Seating, Ben McGuire, as well as local MP for Mid Norfolk and Minister of State at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, George Freeman.

Mirus crash testing sled with dummies on it.

Ben McGuire, CEO at Mirus, says: “The addition of our very own in-house testing facility is a momentous milestone for Mirus and a significant investment into the local economy.

“With the ability to undertake testing accredited by Lloyd’s Register and in line with ISO 17025 and ACEA regulations, M-TEST will enable us to test and certify not only Mirus’ seating products, but also deliver a solution to the increased demand for sled testing within the UK. The £4million plus investment in the Norfolk economy, in partnership with the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Growing Business Fund, also means we will be recruiting on a large scale within Norfolk and the surrounding region.”


George Freeman, local MP for Mid Norfolk and Minister of State at the new Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, says: “Mirus is one of a cluster of world class engineering and advanced manufacturing companies here on the Cambridge-Norwich Innovation Corridor, being at the frontline of the Net Zero Green industrial revolution – reducing emission and driving green growth through its R&D investment in lightweight aircraft seats and equipment.

As both local MP and Minister for Innovation, I’m delighted to be here today for the launch of M-TEST – a huge milestone both for Mirus and for the Norfolk and New Anglia innovation economy, providing exciting new jobs and career opportunities here in the heart of Norfolk and beyond.”

About Mirus:

Founded in 2015, Mirus is one of the UK’s leading commercial aircraft seating manufacturers, bringing together the technologies, expertise, and best practices from the automotive and aerospace sectors to deliver innovative, high-performance seating products.

Mirus adopts a British design philosophy, combining classical cues and understated elegance with modernity, confidence, and dynamism. The state-of-the-art production system is intertwined with a ground-up approach to high-quality product development and supply chain management.

Mirus prides itself on its speed to market and offers the most generous and transparent warranty policy available in the industry.

They currently work with Airbus, TUI Group, and Air Asia, providing seats on aircraft all over the world.

All images credited to Mirus