UTAC CERAM and Millbrook to become UTAC to accelerate testing group’s global growth

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The Millbrook name – well-known across the UK for its Bedfordshire proving ground named after the nearby village – is no more, with the creation of a new brand UTAC.

The vehicle testing and type approval company also announces its four strategic pillars: customer experience, innovation, operational excellence and growth.

It follows the February 2021 purchase of Millbrook by France-based UTAC CERAM.

Millbrook, UTAC CERAM, Revolutionary Engineering and Test World are joining forces to become UTAC: a single brand name that will be deployed in all of the group’s sites worldwide.

The private, independent group and partner of the key players across the automotive and mobility sectors is grouping its activities, entities and subsidiaries under a single brand to accelerate its transformation and pursue its global development.

It brings together all the expertise and experience of the group’s engineering and support teams. This new name reflects the company’s values, drawing on the group’s different cultures. The UTAC brand was chosen because of its international recognition throughout the world for its expertise, reliability and excellence. The new logo “symbolises the rich heritage of all the group’s companies.”

UTAC has a vast field of expertise across development and validation testing, test system integration, homologation and certification, specialist vehicle conversions, automotive training and events. The group will continue its development by proposing new offers to its customers.

UTAC supports the major challenges facing the global mobility sector including: technological and societal change, electrification of the vehicle fleet, sustainable mobility, climate change and strict environmental and regulatory constraints.

Recognised by many official authorities across the globe, UTAC is an innovative, creative and trusted partner to its customers. The group aims to accelerate its diversification by designing offers dedicated to new players in the mobility and connectivity markets. The group’s development is based on a strategy of innovation and continued consolidation of its global offerings.

Customer experience

Customer satisfaction is at the heart of UTAC’s strategy. This is based on the establishment of partnerships to support strategic projects throughout the vehicle life cycle, from design to aftermarket.

UTAC provides the full extent of its expertise, skills and resources from the very beginning of customer projects to meet design and development needs. This enables consideration of all parameters from the outset, to provide a unique, innovative and effective response to our clients worldwide. This is particularly important at this time of change and transformation in the mobility market.

UTAC’s customer service focuses on an individual approach to customer projects. UTAC implements both turnkey and tailor-made solutions alongside dedicated and adapted support, a project manager, coordinator and interface, to provide optimal services.

Innovation

Innovation motivates and drives every process, idea, project and customer offer, across all of UTAC’s functions. UTAC offers services for connected and autonomous applications, including cybersecurity, simulation and 5G connectivity.

The group also provides test facilities for electric vehicle batteries and epowertrain. UTAC has exceptional resources and facilities in France, the UK, the USA and Finland and will open a new facility in Morocco this year. It has experts based at all of its test facilities, as well as support teams at its subsidiaries in Germany, China, Russia, Korea and Japan.

Operational Excellence

Operational excellence is vital to meet customer expectations in rapidly changing markets which demand increasingly efficient yet complex solutions. Continuous improvement of processes and tools allows UTAC to maximise efficiency and improve services, in support of reduced product development timelines.

Growth

With the support of its reference shareholders, Eurazeo and FCDE, UTAC is pursuing a strategy to consolidate its growth, both organically and externally. The company intends to continue its development and growth across the world.

At the end of 2021, UTAC will open a brand new proving ground on the African continent, in Morocco near Casablanca. The group’s sites in the USA will also benefit from a particularly ambitious investment plan to double their testing capacity. As for external growth, the main targets are emerging business sectors identified by the group that are considered essential for the future of the mobility sector.

About UTAC

UTAC, a leading group in the field of development and validation testing, automotive homologation and new technologies related to the autonomous, connected and electric vehicle, provides vehicle testing and validation services and equipment to the automotive, transport, tyre, petrochemical and defence sectors.

The group is active in the fields of testing, approval and regulation, special vehicle design, conception and manufacture of test systems, training, consulting, audit and certification, technical control, standardisation and events.

UTAC is the only official Euro NCAP test centre in France and also has a unique position in Europe thanks to its ISO 17025 accredited test laboratories.

The group has 8 test centres in France, the UK, Finland and Morocco (opening end of 2021), test laboratories in the USA and subsidiaries in Germany, Russia, China and Japan. UTAC currently employs around 1,280 people at its various sites. www.utac.com

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