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Byline: Jenny Waddington

AS work begins on MIRA's pounds 300million development in Nuneaton, bosses announce plans to expand operations in South America.

According to leaders at the advanced engineering, research and testing facility in Watling Street, the company is looking to grow its international footprint by opening an operation in Brazil.

The news comes as the first steps are taken to transform the local site into Europe's most advanced independent transport technology facility.

Last week the first turf was officially dug as part of the ambitious scheme to provide up to 2,000 jobs for the region by developing a new Engineering Centre and an improved Technology Park, within MIRA's existing 750-acre site.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr George Gillespie, CEO of MIRA, said: "I think we're going to get used to attending the opening of buildings at MIRA over the next 10 years. We have a policy of ongoing investment that ensures MIRA's facilities are second to none."

MIRA bosses have now announced plans to grow its international footprint by opening an operation in Brazil as part of a collaborative agreement with leading technical staffing services company, MSX do Brasil Ltd.

MIRA Brasil in Sao Paulo plans to expand the firm's international network across South America, where the business will primarily focus on engineering solutions for the automotive and commercial vehicle sectors.

Dr Gillespie added: "The vibrant automotive industry within Brazil makes it an excellent opportunity and fit for MIRA.

"We're very excited about launching a South American operation where our global expertise will assist resident OEMs, suppliers and SMEs with the growing level of sector and product requirements, including emissions and safety legislation.

"As well as having an opportunity to utilise our advanced technical facilities and services around the world, our clients will benefit immensely from the partnership with MSX, which will provide additional highly skilled technical staff when extra resource is required to meet challenging schedules."

MSX boasts more than 3,500 automotive industry experts in 21 countries around the world. In Brazil, the firm has been operating since 1994 and holds prestigious contracts with Ford, General Motors and Volkswagen across its six premises in the country.


MIRA chief executive Dr George Gillespie with Martin Gallagher from Deeley Construction, who won the contract to carry out work on the pounds 300m development
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Jul 22, 2011
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