Since 2000 Simpact has been completely dedicated to designing advanced structures and maximising impact performance.
In 2000 Dirk Landheer and Tim Williams founded Simpact to put the knowledge and expertise gained from their PhDs in automotive safety into practise. Simpact helped to shape the CAE revolution in automotive safety development and continuously pushed boundaries by applying innovative techniques.
In 2007 Simpact began to redefine itself by embarking on an active programme of diversification. The aim was to reduce reliance on the cyclic automotive market and seek out new markets that have not yet experienced the benefits of the CAE revolution. In addition to Automotive, Simpact has now broadened its market coverage to include Defence, Aerospace, Industrial and Consumer.
Today Simpact make full use of their vast experience, academic backgrounds and relationships to conduct cutting edge R&D and project work. By continuing to work closely with the UK’s top Universities, Simpact has exclusive access to the latest techniques and state-of-the-art technology.
Safety has always been at the centre of everything we do. Some of our work saves lives, and as we grow and diversify, this is what continues to drive us.
Financial year ending Jan 2016
Key stakeholders active in the company are Dirk, Tim and Karol. They are supported by a small but formidable international team of cherry-picked engineers.
Slightly more risk-averse than his business partner, Dirk likes to keep his feet firmly on the ground.
He enjoys visiting his family in Holland and has a keen interest in all things scientific.
Dirk completed his PhD titled ‘Rapid Design of Crash Properties for Safe Automobiles: A Conceptual Approach’ at the University of Eindhoven. As Technical Director, he has complete oversight of our consultancy project work and heads our R&D activities. Dirk is also our Quality System Representative ensuring that all projects are delivered to an exceptionally high standard.
From sky-diver to racing driver, Tim has always been interested in speed. When he's not at work you'll find him out with his road bike club or spending time with his girls (which requires just as much stamina).
Tim studied at the University of Leeds where he was awarded a Keyworth Scholarship to study for a PhD in Vehicle Crashworthiness. Tim is well known for his research into the Crashworthiness of the Caterham Super 7 and in 2006 Simpact realised this work by successfully delivering the ECE-R12 crash test programme for Caterham Cars Ltd. He now focusses on the commercial side of the business.
Karol joined Simpact in 2010 after gaining an M.Sc. in Automotive Engineering from Coventry University and an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Computer Science from the Technical University of Lodz, Poland.
Karol was a major contributor to our Innovate UK funded collaborative R&D project: Transforming the Role of Simulation in New Product Development, during which he widened his portfolio of skills to include Finite Element Analysis of ballistic events using advanced modelling techniques. He also has a passion for music and was instrumental in the CAE development of the world's first carbon fibre piano. Outside of work he plays in a band called 'Nine' of which there are only 4 members...