Digital desk, Meerut. The Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises is establishing the country’s first sports helmet testing facility in Meerut. Until now, the helmets, mainly worn by cricketers and hockey players, were sent for testing abroad despite being manufactured in sporting goods manufacturing hubs like Baroda, Delhi and Meerut.
A few months ago, the Regional MSME Technical Development Center in Meerut sent the Ministry a proposal to set up such a test center under the Hub and Spoke model.
Investment firms often use this model structure to reduce costs and maintain efficiency.
Aditya Prakash Sharma, assistant manager of the MSME Technical Development Center at Meerut Sports Complex, said the main testing center will be established in Meerut, with an extension facility in Delhi’s Okhla. The Meerut center will be ready in four years. The entire project will cost around Rs 3 crore. The trial is likely to start from the first week of February 2023.
Meerut makes thousands of sports helmets each year.
Sharma said previous manufacturers had to send sport helmet samples for quality certification to countries like the UK for testing. But with the installation of a facility in the city, testing can only be done here.
A team of Canadian testing experts will provide training to the center’s staff.
Sharma said, for example, that the impact of a fast launcher’s high-speed delivery on the entire hull will be tested and examined using state-of-the-art equipment. The Center will also provide a certificate to manufacturers.
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