WARREN, Mich., July 18, 2011 — MSX International (MSXI) today announced the establishment of a strategic partnership with MIRA, a leading independent provider of product engineering, testing, consulting, certification and research services to the world’s major vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers. MSXI Chief Executive Officer Fred Minturn made the announcement.
MSXI has been operating in South America since 1994 and includes Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Volkswagen among the companies with which it does business there. MIRA recently established operations in Brazil, where its business will focus on creating and delivering engineering solutions for the automotive and commercial vehicle sectors. With this strong presence, MSXI has resources and relationships in place that MIRA intends to leverage to support its new operations in the country.
“MIRA relies on superior talent to deliver high-end engineering solutions,” said Minturn. “Our wealth of proven experience in recruiting, administration and supply of industry leading professionals, in South America and across the globe, will result in continuous improvement and measurable value for the MIRA team at every touch point.”
George Gillespie, chief executive officer of MIRA, said, “The vibrant automotive industry within Brazil makes it an excellent opportunity and fit for MIRA. Our clients will benefit immensely from the partnership with MSXI, who will provide highly skilled technical staff when extra resources are required to meet challenging schedules.”
Ilkka Palin, managing director of MSXI South America Operation, will be leading the MSXI team, working directly with MIRA. Ilkka has M.Sc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and 24 years of experience in the automotive industry, of which 14 are with MSXI. During his career with MSXI, Ilkka has held several management positions, and was appointed as managing director of MSXI South America Operations in 2003.
Headquartered in Warwickshire, United Kingdom, MIRA limited is a world-leader in advanced engineering, research and product testing. Over the past 65 years it has grown into a truly international organization with facilities located around the world. MIRA’s work spans the Automotive, Defense, Aerospace and Rail industries and includes the development of ground-breaking low carbon vehicle (LCV) technologies including Jaguar’s Limo Green.
About MSX International
Headquartered in Warren, Mich., and with decades of experience and over 4,000 industry experts in 42 countries, MSX International (MSXI) serves as a perpetual pioneer, opening new roads in the retail network and human capital solutions spaces. Leveraging its expertise in the passionate pursuit of outstanding results, MSXI is adept at bringing innovative resolution to both its customers’ opportunities and their complex challenges. For more information, please visit www.msxi.com.