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Japanese company, Horiba acquires automotive development group, MIRA

14 July 2015

The vehicle engineering, research and product testing business operated by MIRA has been acquired by Horiba. The new business will be called Horiba MIRA.

Dr Kozo Ishida (left), executive vice chairman of Horiba with MIRA CEO, Dr George Gillespie OBE

A statement issued by the new company said the acquisition will enable Horiba to address the emerging areas of next generation mobility including electrified powertrain, intelligent vehicles and vehicle attributes technologies. It will also allow MIRA to continue with its plans for growth by building on its reputation in vehicle R&D, engineering and testing, extending its capabilities globally.

“MIRA has developed a niche offer within the automotive sector and has an exceptional pool of engineering capabilities, solving complex challenges with customers across the UK, China, Brazil and Korea," said Atsushi Horiba, Chairman, President and CEO of Horiba. "We are looking forward to building on this success and investing in MIRA’s long-term vision, working together to build on our collective research and development capabilities.” 

“Our vision for MIRA and MIRA Technology Park is to grow significantly, and by working together with Horiba, we have created an exciting plan that will allow us to accelerate that vision," says Dr George Gillespie OBE, CEO at Horiba MIRA. "The planned investments into MIRA will allow us to continue to realise our ambitions and has also helped identify a number of additional areas of opportunity and investment in both facilities and technical capabilities. 

“In the immediate future, it’s business as usual. Our customers continue to access our engineering and testing services as well as our full Technology Park offering and our employees continue to be part of an internationally acclaimed test and engineering consultancy, unrivalled in its global expertise and facilities.”

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