Building work has begun on a new 25,500 sq ft facility for Haldex, at the MIRA Technology Park in Hinckley, central England.

Haldex’s European Technical Centre, expected to open during the final quarter of 2014 will create a European research and development base for global products and will include laboratory facilities as well as providing engineers direct access to MIRA’s test facilities and engineering expertise.

Bo Annvik, president and CEO, said: “Our new UK R&D centre will reflect our dedication in creating innovative solutions with the highest safety standards. MIRA’s test track is one of [our] most used test tracks. With the new building in place, engineering and testing will be co-located which will result in shorter development cycles and improved customer responsiveness.”

MIAR CEO George Gillespie said: “Haldex is a great addition to the fast developing technology cluster within the technology park, and we are delighted that several of the high tech jobs required at the site - which include design and software engineers - have already been filled.

"Haldex, by deciding to be based at the park, really are placing themselves at the very heart of Europe’s automotive research and development community.”