ASDWire distribution date: Mon, 18 Oct 2010 11:18:00 GMT +0100

New Zephyr 3-axle multi-role protected platform launched - as Creation formally opens its new HQ and Technical Centre

UK, Hook, Hampshire - Monday, 18th October 2010 -- [ASDWire]-- Creation has marked the formal opening of its new Hampshire, UK headquarters and technical centre by revealing the latest development of its in-house and self-funded Zephyr protected vehicle programme. The Zephyr SRV ZX3 is a compact 12-tonne GVW three-axle platform, which can be configured to fulfil a wide range of roles, including troop carrier, weapons platform, cargo utility, command shelter, battlefield ambulance or light gun tractor.

The company has also announced the successful completion of its current blast, performance and mobility trials, within which Creation has provided its Zephyr SRV ZX2 protected patrol vehicle variant and blast seat for a range of specialist scientific and fully instrumented blast tests. The work is part of a wider multi-stakeholder collaborative programme, which is developing an advanced engineering data, vehicle integrity and incident analysis programme.

Hook, Hampshire ... Creation's new Headquarters and Technical Centre

The Right Honourable James Arbuthnot, Member of Parliament for North Hampshire and Chairman of Britain's Parliamentary Defence Select Committee, has formally opened Creation's new headquarters building and technical centre at Bartley Point in Hook, Hampshire, UK.

The 12,000 sq ft facility brings both Creation's design office and engineering workshop functions together under one roof for the first time. In addition to accommodating its escalating defence, automotive and materials handling sector business, the new facility will enable the company to undertake prototype build, specialist vehicle engineering and, if required, low volume production.

Creation founder and Managing Director, Bill Davis said, "Creation has passed an important milestone and now enters a new phase in its development. Since its formation in 1995, it has successfully delivered a wide range of projects from componentry, through powertrain and subsystems, to fully integrated vehicles. It is increasingly recognised in the global defence market as a leading designer and developer of innovative, versatile protected platforms and related land systems. Our own Zephyr programme and Universal Engineering's acclaimed Ranger - for which we were the automotive design partner - are good examples. British Engineering Excellence is alive, well, forward looking, responsive, ambitious, and world class".

Alan Stanley, Creation's recently appointed Chairman and former CEO of Pinzgauer said, "The Creation offering is special as it can provide a variety of options for users in terms of vehicle type - and a range of protection levels to meet user requirements. It is not a one size fits all solution - and yet it matches the competition on a like for like basis. I am very proud to be associated with Creation and its world class engineering skills and products".

Zephyr SRV ZX3 - compact 3-axle platform aimed at world markets

The new three-axle Zephyr SRV ZX3 variant, launched today, is designed to carry a payload of around 4 tonnes, depending on base vehicle specification and protection level - and will significantly widen the range of operational roles, body types and specialist applications for which the vehicle envelope can be configured.

These include troop carrier, cargo utility vehicle, command and control, Weapons Mounted Installation Kit (WMIK), reconnaissance and surveillance, battlefield ambulance or light gun tractor. Zephyr is also able to carry a range of roof-mounted options, including protected or remote weapons stations (PWS or RWS).

Body, crew and seating layouts for Zephyr ZX3 can be varied from two to twelve occupants, to suit operational requirements. Space is also allocated for weapons fit, communications suites, Situational Awareness (SA) systems and other electronic devices. Additional features include fully integrated Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) and the capability to support exportable power requirements.

All variants of Creation's Zephyr SRV programme are based on modular principles to provide high survivability, multi-role operational flexibility - and optimum mechanical and logistics serviceability. The Zephyr programme also includes a number of LFU (Legacy Fleet Upgrade) options, designed to add or enhance protection, extend operating life of existing fleet inventory or modify, convert and re-deploy assets to meet other applications and operational requirements.

Creation Managing Director, Bill Davis says, "The ZX3 configurations of the Zephyr programme have been brought forward to meet specific overseas user requirements. This follows formal requests to licence the three-axle design - and other configurations of the vehicle - for local manufacture and assembly overseas. Our future plans with this vehicle are now firmly focused on world markets, where we are supporting specific programmes and technology transfer initiatives either via our own local offices or through strategic alliances and partnerships".

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About Creation:
Creation is one of the UK's top, engineering-led, innovative, specialist design and technology businesses. It has developed - and proven a unique and highly successful formula engineering methodology, which enables the company to compress timelines between concept, design, prototype and production readiness. It is able to scale and apply this approach across a very wide range of design and engineering programmes and specialist requirements, including total vehicle architecture; componentry, sub-systems and powertrains; protected defence and security platforms and transporters; industrial plant and machinery; hydraulics and materials handling equipment; marine and leisure products.

Creation is run by a strong, passionate, hands-on, highly qualified and experienced team which delivers world-class engineering design, development and engineering services and products - supporting both national and international customer programmes and its own in-house projects. It is based in the UK - which remains Europe's leading - and one of the world's Centres of Excellence in automotive research and development. It also has a satellite office in India and is supporting design and technology transfer projects in the Middle East.

The company invests continuously in advanced design and analysis technology and has the systems capacity to support up to 50 active design stations at any one time.
The company has particular competencies in

. Automotive design, development & vehicle engineering
. Componentry, chassis engineering & sub-systems
. Protected defence land systems & security products
. Applications engineering & overt/covert special requirements
. Prototype build & low volume manufacturing
. Electronics, systems & informatics

Creation also provides consultancy services, acts as a design authority and has both alone and with others registered designs and IPR assets in a number of sectors. In addition to its own original designs, it has successfully delivered a number of major concept-up programmes for some of the world's leading OE manufacturers. Its recent work as automotive design partner for the acclaimed Ranger three and four axle MRAP vehicles, has established the company's reputation at the forefront of the sector.

Company Information

Media & Public Relations:

Adrian Graves FCIPR FRSA
Adrian Graves Organisation Limited

Telephone: +44 (0) 1284 787438
Mobile: +44 (0) 7860 311858

Managing Director:

Bill Davis
Creation UK Limited

Telephone: +44 (0) 8700 421037
Mobile: +44 (0) 7785 350098


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