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Company overview

HORIBA MIRA is a global provider of pioneering engineering, research and test services to the automotive, defence, aerospace and rail sectors.  We work in close collaboration with vehicle manufacturers and suppliers around the world, providing comprehensive support ranging from individual product tests to turnkey multi-vehicle design, development and build programmes.

With over 70 years’ experience in developing some of the world’s most iconic vehicles, our engineers apply advanced engineering, test and validation capabilities and utilise the latest test facilities and simulation tools to make vehicles and journeys safer, cleaner, more efficient and rewarding.

Our competencies are based upon world class capabilities in:

  • Vehicle Engineering

  • Test Engineering

  • Certification and Homologation

  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

  • Unmanned

  •  Ground Vehicles

  • Batteries and Battery Management Systems

  • Functional Safety and Product Integrity

  • Automotive Cybersecurity

Our suite of over 38 major test facilities, 100km of specialised proving ground and wealth of engineering experience, combined with our expanding international presence, means we are confident that we can achieve our vision – that by 2025 every journey in the world will be positively influenced by us. 

Progress towards achieving our vision has been significantly accelerated through the creation of MIRA Technology Park.  Located at the heart of the UK’s automotive and aerospace sectors, MIRA Technology Park is a consented, master-planned and purpose-designed development which offers a unique and compelling proposition to businesses engaged in research and development within the transport sector.  Set within a region steeped in engineering, automotive and aerospace tradition with a strong manufacturing heritage, MIRA Technology Park combines style with performance to provide intelligent, flexible and sustainable development space on a 840 acre estate, making it Europe’s largest transport technology R&D cluster.


Dr George Gillespie OBE
Chief Executive Officer

Dr George Gillespie OBE

George Gillespie joined MIRA in January 2009 as CEO and has led the turnaround in MIRA fortunes with 50% growth in the business in the last few years and a growing international presence.  In 2015 he led the sale of MIRA to HORIBA Ltd, Japan, and continues to lead HORIBA MIRA Ltd within the HORIBA group.  Dr Gillespie is also a Senior Corporate Officer of HORIBA Ltd, Japan

Building on a PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast for research into low emission engines, Dr Gillespie has over 25 years international experience in the automotive and marine product development sectors having been VP Strategic Product Development at HORIBA Europe GmbH and previously held senior roles with Ricardo plc and Schenck AG.  He has worked extensively in the UK, Germany, USA, Japan and China. 

In addition to his work at HORIBA MIRA, Dr Gillespie is Chair of the Intelligent Connected Vehicles Group within the UK Automotive Council.  Dr Gillespie is Vice President and Board Member of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and a member of the CBI East Midlands Council.


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