Quantum M100 Rail Seat
ATD teamed with local company, GRM Consulting, to design and develop this new seat with the project starting from a blank sheet of paper in August 2012. Using the latest computer aided engineering techniques, the seat was designed and manufactured in six months.
We researched the market and found that nobody was making what the train companies were looking for - a modern, lightweight seat that met the new safety requirements. We set ourselves the target of having a new seat ready in the first quarter of 2013 and the successful safety testing at MIRA in Nuneaton was the culmination of this work. Safety standards for train seats were revised in 2012 to provide increased safety for passengers and ATD has designed this seat to exceed these new standards.
The seat has been installed on a demonstrator train which is currently in service with Greater Anglia. This will be used for customer assessment and feedback for the design of future trains.
We have already had enquiries from train manufacturers in both the UK and overseas and manufacturing has begun. The new seat will be manufactured at ATD's Canley facility, where it is expected to create a number of new jobs.
ATD has also been shortlisted for the UK Rail Industry Awards 2014 in the 'Passenger Safety' category.