Since 2010 a total of 188 technology related jobs have been created as a result of the development and 145 jobs are due to be created in 2013. The aim is to create up to 2,000 jobs in the Technology Park’s first ten years (up to 2020) and continue to build on the success of the Control Centre. Planning application for the second development, a four store office building, has already been approved.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
“The opening of MIRA’s Technology Park is excellent news for the Midlands. It has the potential to become Europe’s largest independent transport research and development (R&D) cluster. Enterprise Zone status has helped MIRA to attract high profile names in industry to use the Technology Park as an engineering base.
“I’m determined to support investment in R&D because it is central to ensuring we can attract advanced manufacturing companies and create more highly skilled jobs here in the UK.”
Paul Cleaver, President of Norgren, one of the businesses that will be based at the Control Centre, comments;
“Our latest development work requires unique testing capabilities in which MIRA specialises, making it the ideal base as we continually seek to deliver Engineering Advantage for our global customer base. We will continue to tap into the simulation capability and workshop facilities MIRA offers, as we embark on an exciting project involving fuel efficiency for heavy commercial vehicles. This is research and development for technology that doesn’t exist today, but has huge potential in the near future.”
MIRA has earned an enviable reputation since it was formed in 1946 as the government funded Motor Industry Research Association. The MIRA business is now known for being a comprehensive transport engineering solutions provider to the automotive and defence industries as well as engineering smart solutions for future transport technologies.
Dr Geoff Davis, Business Development Director, MIRA Ltd concludes;
“As our track record over the past 3 years has shown we are an increasingly successful business with ambitions plans. Those plans include becoming Europe’s most advanced independent transport technology solutions provider, and the MIRA Technology Park is an integral part of those plans.”