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Manufacturing Technology Centre to create 40 hi-tech jobs in 2017

    Manufacturing Technology Centre to create 40 hi-tech jobs in 2017

Irish Manufacturing Research, Ireland’s first Independent, industry driven, research and technology organisation has opened with the creation of 40 jobs. The Centre specialises in advanced manufacturing technologies and the positions will be high tech research roles in the areas of Industry 4.0, Collaborative Robotics, Industrial IoT, Data Analytics, Energy Efficiency, Additive Manufacturing/3D printing, Design Thinking […]

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New cars licenses down 20% in February compared to previous month

    New cars licenses down 20% in February compared to previous month

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of new cars licensed in Ireland in February fell by 20.2% compared to the same month a year earlier. A total of 16,905 new cars were licensed for the first time in February versus 21,173 for February 2016. In addition, 7,723 used cars were licensed in […]

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Ventac Wins Overall SFA National Small Business Award 2017

    Ventac Wins Overall SFA National Small Business Award 2017

Ventac won the Overall National Small Business Award 2017, the Small Firms Association (SFA) announced on Thursday.. Winners were selected from over 500 applications received for the 2017 programme.
Ventac, based in Blessington, Co Wicklow, employs 46 people and provides noise control solutions for international vehicle OEMs of commercial and industrial vehicles, including the Bus & […]

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February Cost Burdens Rise at Fastest Rate Since May 2011

    February Cost Burdens Rise at Fastest Rate Since May 2011

The rate of input cost inflation accelerated sharply in February, amid higher prices for a range of raw materials, but output charge inflation moderated, according to the Investec Manufacturing PMI report for Ireland, released on Wednesday.
The report found that, overall, business conditions continued to improve in the Irish manufacturing sector during February as new orders rose […]

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Smart Factory to Launch MES Data Entry Stations

    Smart Factory to Launch MES Data Entry Stations

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Smart Factory is to launch a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) range of mobile and fixed data entry stations with various screen options and full keyboard options during the first quarter of 2017 The stations are rated IP65, which means that they are protected against dust ingress and against low pressure water jets […]

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Price of Basic Metals Rises 12.1 Percent

    Price of Basic Metals Rises 12.1 Percent

The price of basic metals rose 12.1 % in January while other factory gate prices remained relatively stable, according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office on Wednesday. Total monthly factory gate prices increased by 0.2% in January compared to the previous month, and fell by 0.1 % compared to Janaury 2016.
The price index […]

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Glanbia Proposes Sale of Dairy Ireland as Earnings Per Share Increases 11.2 Percent

    Glanbia Proposes Sale of Dairy Ireland as Earnings Per Share Increases 11.2 Percent

Nutrition company Glanbia announced the proposed sale of 60% of Dairy Ireland on Wednesday as results for the year 2016 were released, showing an increase in adjusted Earnings Per Share  to 87.66 cent, up 11.2% from 2015. This marks the seventh year in a row of double-digit earnings for the group.
“ It has been an exciting […]

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Kingspan Full Year Report Shows Revenue up 12 Percent in 2016

    Kingspan Full Year Report Shows Revenue up 12 Percent in 2016

Full year results for Cavan-based building materials producer, Kingspan, released on Friday, showed revenue up 12% to €3.1 billion in 2016.  Trading profit was up 33% to €340.9 million, while acquisitions contributed 11% to sales growth and 7% to trading profit growth in the year.
“2016 was another record year for Kingspan,” Kingspan Chief Executive Gene Murtagh […]

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New Car Sales Down 1.75% in January, Used Imports Surge

    New Car Sales Down 1.75% in January, Used Imports Surge

New car sales in January 2017 have decreased slightly on last year with 39k units sold compared to 39.7k units in January 2016 according to figures released by vehicle history specialists Motorcheck.ie on Wednesday. This represents a drop of about 1.75%. A surge of 5,063 units registered on the last day of the month brought […]

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National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2017 Sets New Records

    National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2017 Sets New Records

The largest ever gathering of the manufacturing community in Ireland took place at the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition, which was held at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday, January 31st, as approximately 2,500 people from all over the country attended this annual event.
Visitor numbers exceeded the previous year’s record breaking conference […]

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January Sees 18-Month High for Manufacturing Output Growth

    January Sees 18-Month High for Manufacturing Output Growth

The Irish manufacturing sector remained in growth territory during the opening month of 2017, with both output and new orders increasing at sharper rates, according to the seasonally adjusted Investec Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) – an indicator designed to provide a single-figure measure of the health of the manufacturing industry, released on Wednesday.
The survey showed that […]

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Prime Industrial Rents Expected to Grow 13.9 Percent in 2017

    Prime Industrial Rents Expected to Grow 13.9 Percent in 2017

Prime rents in the industrial sector may rise by almost 14% in 2017, following an increase of 25% last year, according to commercial property specialists CBRE’s Outlook 2017 annual report, released on Tuesday.
The report found that industrial take-up of almost 290,000 square meters was achieved in Dublin in 2016 in 183 individual transactions – a […]

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Steeltech Sheds Ltd Announces €5 Million Investment, 43 New Jobs for Tuam, Galway

    Steeltech Sheds Ltd Announces €5 Million Investment, 43 New Jobs for Tuam, Galway

Galway-based steel shed-manufacturers, Steeltech Sheds Ltd., announced on Tuesday a major investment of €5 million over the next three years and 43 new jobs in the next 12 months. The expansion is due to the major growth of the company domestically in the last year, following the creation of 50 Jobs in 2016 and the […]

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Sartorius Intec Rebrands as Minebea Intec

    Sartorius Intec Rebrands as Minebea Intec

Leading supplier of industrial measuring and inspection technology, Sartorius Intec, will now be offering its products, solutions and services under the new Minebea Intec brand. This rebranding is the next logical step following Sartorius Intec’s move to Japanese group Minebea at the start of 2015. Minebea Intec’s product portfolio includes platform scales, process vessel and […]

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Discover Industrial Flooring at Manufacturing & Supply Chain 2017

    Discover Industrial Flooring at Manufacturing & Supply Chain 2017

On Stand 213 of this year’s National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Exhibition, Flowcrete UK will be showcasing specialist resin solutions that allow businesses to optimise the floor underfoot with finishes tailored to specific demands.
The exhibition, taking place at the Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin on January 31st, provides Ireland’s manufacturers with a space to learn about […]

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Aerie Pharmaceuticals to Establish Athlone Manufacturing Plant

    Aerie Pharmaceuticals to Establish Athlone Manufacturing Plant

Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced on Monday that they have entered into a lease agreement with IDA Ireland to establish a new manufacturing plant in the recently-constructed 2,650 square meter IDA Advanced Technology Building in Athlone, Ireland.
Aerie has commenced equipment ordering and will begin internal construction immediately. Estimated project-wide construction and equipment costs are expected to […]

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LVP Conveyor Systems

    LVP Conveyor Systems

LVP Conveyor Systems Ltd. are an engineering systems driven organisation intent on automating processes and streamlining efficiencies in modern day production flows. LVP seek to create value in production process by utilising proven modular technologies but also customising those elements necessary to make each unique materials handling project a success.
In a global climate of increased […]

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Contax to Exhibit Robots at National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference

    Contax to Exhibit Robots at National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference

Contax Production Automation Ltd. will be showing showing a Yamaha orbital scara robot, the fastest, most robust and accurate of its kind on the market, capable of transferring payloads up to 5KG with an accuracy of 0.01mm, at the the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition on January 31st. The use of a […]

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Manufacturing Production Accelerates at Fastest Rate in 17 Months

    Manufacturing Production Accelerates at Fastest Rate in 17 Months

The Irish manufacturing sector showed further signs of recovery following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, with business conditions strengthening to the greatest extent in almost a year-and-a-half during December, according to a report on released by Investec and IHS Markit on Tuesday. The improvement was supported by faster growth in output, new orders […]

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Applications Sought to Suspend Import Duties

    Applications Sought to Suspend Import Duties

Manufacturers importing from outside the EU were asked to apply for a scheme that allows for tariffs to be dropped on raw materials, components and intermediate products that cannot be sourced in the EU, The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation announced on Sunday.
The tariff quota scheme is designed to address shortages in the availability […]

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Breege O’Donoghue Appointed Chair of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

    Breege O’Donoghue Appointed Chair of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Breege O’Donoghue was appointed as the new Chair of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said on Friday.
Breege O’Donoghue is currently a non-executive director of C&C and of Shaws and Sons Ltd. and has worked in the fashion and retail sector with Primark for […]

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Factory Gate Prices Rose 0.9% in November

    Factory Gate Prices Rose 0.9% in November

Monthly factory gate prices increased by 0.9% in November 2016, according to data released by the CSO on Thursday. This compares to an increase of 2.9% for November of last year. The annual percentage change showed a decrease of 0.3% in November 2016, compared with an increase of 1.6% in the year to October 2016.
Price […]

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Local Awards to be Held for Design Businesses

    Local Awards to be Held for Design Businesses

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, announced details of the “Local Enterprise Showcase Awards” on Monday. The awards are run by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) and open to their local craft and design businesses taking part in Showcase – Ireland’s International Creative Expo, which is being held in the RDS, Dublin […]

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Northern Ireland Export Orders Rise at Record Rate

    Northern Ireland Export Orders Rise at Record Rate

A record rise in new export orders was signaled as companies benefited from Sterling weakness in November, according to data from the Ulster Bank Northern Ireland PMI. The data also showed that the rate of input cost inflation quickened again and companies raised their output prices sharply. Overall the report indicated that the rate of […]

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West Pharmaceuticals Expansion to Create 100 Jobs

    West Pharmaceuticals Expansion to Create 100 Jobs

Medical manufacturer West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. announced on Tuesday, November 29, the completion of a 60,000 square foot expansion at its contract manufacturing facility near Mulhuddart, County Dublin. The expansion was initiated in response to customer demand for medical device manufacturing, especially in the area of diabetes.
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. manufactures packaging components and delivery […]

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Medtronic Releases Second Quarter Financial Report

    Medtronic Releases Second Quarter Financial Report

Dublin-headquartered medical device company Medtronic reported the financial results of its second quarter on Tuesday, November 22.
The company reported second quarter worldwide revenue of $7.345 billion, an increase of 4 percent, or 3 percent on a constant currency basis, however Medtronic CEO  Omar Ishrak said that second quarter revenue was “disappointing and did not meet […]

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Google Adopt A Startup Programme Looks For Irish Entrepreneurs

    Google Adopt A Startup Programme Looks For Irish Entrepreneurs

Google began accepting applications from Irish entrepreneurs for its Adopt A Startup programme on Monday, November 21.  The Adopt A Startup programme sees small businesses paired up with Google support teams who will work with them from Google’s Irish headquarters to accelerate their growth. Each Startup will receive 12 weeks hands-on mentoring, access to exclusive […]

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Trade Mission to China and Japan Ends

    Trade Mission to China and Japan Ends

A five-day Ttade and investment mission to China and Japan involving 36 Irish companies concluded on Saturday, November 19.  The trip, organised by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland included several meetings and networking events in the cities of Shenzhen, Beijing and Tokyo.
The Department of Jobs,Enterprise and Innovation said that significant leads for several Irish companies […]

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Continuous Manufacturing tops the bill at BioProduction Congress

    Continuous Manufacturing tops the bill at BioProduction Congress

Another strong endorsement of Ireland’s place in the pharmaceutical and biotech world came last month, when it became the venue for the BioProduction Congress. A global event with speakers and exhibitors from around the world, the conference took a deep dive into the nitty gritty, and the finer details, of modern biomanufacturing at the CityWest […]

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The sky’s no limit as Thales brings 150 engineering jobs to Belfast

    The sky’s no limit as Thales brings 150 engineering jobs to Belfast

French engineering company, Thales, will create 150 new jobs in Belfast to support the manufacturing of advanced electric engines to power space satellites.
A new manufacturing facility will open in Northern Ireland, with the possibility to add another 200 positions on top of the 150 just announced in the coming years.
Since acquiring Shorts Missiles Systems in […]

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Minister launches new Design+ Technology Gateway initiative

    Minister launches new Design+ Technology Gateway initiative

A new initiative designed to help developing businesses in the engineering, ICT & software and biosciences sectors has been launched by Minister of State for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen.
The Design+ Technology Gateway was announced at the Institute of Technology, Carlow, and will help to leverage the industry focused expertise within the college and […]

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Irish Engineering Company AIS Ltd launches unique product for manufacturing production/packaging lines

AIS Ltd, a wholly owned Irish company has today announced the launch of a new product, the VB-6 smart/industrial interface unit. Designed and manufactured in Ireland, this unique device can be custom programmed, and, due to its small size can easily slot into workstations (in manufacturing facilities) for verifying, scanning and confirming data etc., where […]

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Prospects of job creation “not too optimistic” in manufacturing index

    Prospects of job creation “not too optimistic” in manufacturing index

The latest Investec Manufacturing purchasing manager index (PMI) for Ireland has shown a lull in new jobs in the sector, indicating that they “would not be too optimistic about the prospect for a near term return to job creation.”
The headline PMI figure for September was slightly lower than the previous month, falling from 51.7 to […]

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VistaMed creating 150 jobs in a €10m investment

VistaMed a Co Leitrim medical devices company is to create more than 150 new jobs in a €10m investment. VistaMed is a global supplier of medical devices currently employing over 300 people at two manufacturing operations in Leitrim.
Some 37 of the positions have already been filled with recruitment now under way for a further 163 jobs at the plant in […]

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Manufacturing confidence down as Services steadies the ship

Business confidence continues to fall within the manufacturing sector following Brexit, according to the latest Credit Managers’ Index (CMI).
The quarterly index generated by the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) shows that confidence within Manufacturing has fallen for the second quarter in a row, and while the pace of decline has slowed, the trend remains […]

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Manufacturing growth at 3 month high

Ireland’s manufacturing sector recovered to a three-month high last month, according a survey concluded the day before the Brexit vote.
The Brexit decision is expected to hurt the Irish economy.
The Investec Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to 53 in June from 51.5 in May, when it slowed to its lowest reading in almost three years amid Brexit […]

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Survey Shows Growth in Manufacturing

According to a recent survey, Ireland’s manufacturing sector is experiencing recovery in the last month.

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Masonite Ireland creating 30 new jobs for Leitrim

Masonite Ireland has announced that it will be creating 30 additional jobs at its plant in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co.Leitrim.
The company currently employs 143 staff at its Co Leitrim plant and is hoping to fill the additional job roles over the next six months.
A spokesperson for Masonite said the facility was continuing to experience growth in the business as […]

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ZELTIQ® Aesthetics, Inc. to establish European manufacturing facility in Galway

ZELTIQ® Aesthetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZLTQ), a medical technology company focused on developing and commercializing products utilizing its proprietary controlled-cooling technology, today announced that it is establishing a European manufacturing facility in Galway, which is expected to create  circa sixty jobs over the next eighteen months.
The U.S.-based company is headquartered in Pleasanton, California, where it also […]

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Official Opening of Nexvet’s new Biomanufacturing Facility in Tullamore

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today officially opened Nexvet Biopharma’s (Nasdaq:NVET) new development and manufacturing facility in Tullamore, which has begun clinical and commercial-scale production of Nexvet’s advanced development candidates, a significant milestone towards preparations for commercialization.
The veterinary biologics company secured the facility in September 2015. It was announced at […]

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Manufacturing growth slows to its lowest since 2013

According to the latest Investec Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), manufacturing activity grew at the slowest rate in almost three years in May. the headline figure of growth slowed to 51.5, its lowest since July 2013.
The drop in growth is as a result of general weakening in demand with the new orders index slowing to […]

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Manufacturing Bucks Trend In Latest CICM UK Credit Managers’ Index

The Manufacturing Sector continues to drive business confidence and the outlook for growth, according to the latest quarterly barometer from the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM).
 
Overall economic confidence has fallen, however, especially in the Services Sector, and the combined figures for the first quarter of this year (Q1 2016) do not take into account […]

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Horizon Life Sciences Group Introduces SeriCode™ To The Market

Horizon Life Sciences Group, the global life sciences engineering and manufacturing solutions provider, has officially launched its new subsidiary company, SeriCode™ – the strategic partner for serialisation implementation in the pharmaceutical industry.
 
SeriCode’s mission is to be a champion for patient safety by leading the way for the eradication of counterfeit drugs. It is a strategic […]

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Obelisk Group secures €6m investment

Obelisk Group has secured a €6m investment to help fund the expansion of its telecommunications and power infrastructure sectors in the UK and South Africa.
The BDO Development Capital Fund provides development and growth capital for established, mid-sized and profitable companies. The fund will provide €3m for the telecommunications and utilities firm, while the remainder will be sourced […]

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Ardagh Group agrees deal with Ball Corporation

The Ardagh Group has agreed a €3.05bn deal with Ball Corporation and Rexam to purchase a metal beverage can manufacturing assets from the two firms.
The companies will sell some metal beverage can assets, support locations and functions in Europe, Brazil and the United States to Ardagh Group, Ball said on Monday.
If the deal is finalised, Ardagh […]

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Life Sciences in Ireland Prepare for Industry 4.0

25-4-2016Pictured from left is guest speaker Brian Dilleen, Zimmer Biomet Worldwide MES lead ;Sean O’Sullivan, Seabrook Managing Director; and speaker Dave McDermaid, Siemens PLM Software Business Development Consultants as Seabrook Technology Group held the first ‘Preparing for Industry 4.0’ conference for life sciences industries in Dublin today. Industry 4.0 describes the onset of mass digitisation […]

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Shire to expand biotechnology manufacturing capacity in Ireland

Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) announces that it plans to expand its global biotechnology manufacturing capacity over the next four years by investing US$400 million in Ireland to meet the rapidly growing demand for its highly innovative products and robust pipeline.
Shire will create a new, state of the art biologics manufacturing campus, which it […]

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Manufacturing growth reaches 8 month high for the month of March

According to the latest Purchasing Managers’ Index, growth in Manufacturing rose to an eight month high in March. Expansion has slowed compared to the strong growth that was seen in 2014 and the beginning of 2015.
The PMI for Manufacturing shows an rise in the rate of growth for March. The rate of growth in new orders quickened in March, while new […]

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Bristol-Myers Squibb and NIBRT Launch €1 Million Collaboration

Bristol-Myers Squibb has announced a collaboration with the National Institute of Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) in Dublin to establish a process science and technology laboratory that will strengthen productivity of manufacturing processes for biologicals. The lab will house a team of 12 Bristol-Myers Squibb scientists who will advance complex bioprocesses used to produce BMS’s biologics […]

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Boeing to cut 4,500 jobs by 2017

Boeing the world’s largest plane manufacturer  has announced that it will cut 4,500 jobs by the middle of 2017 to reduce costs.
A spokesperson for Boeing revealed that 1,600 positions will go through voluntary redundancies while the remainder will take place through attrition.
The cuts will also include “hundreds” of executive and managerial positions.
The majority of the layoffs will be […]

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Avoca creating 80 new jobs in Co Meath

    Avoca creating 80 new jobs in Co Meath

Avoca an Irish family-run business that spans one of the world’s oldest surviving manufacturing companies will create 80 new jobs in it’s new store in Dunboyne, Co Meath.
The company, which was acquired by Aramark last November for €60 million, said it intends to invest more than €3 million in the new store.
Avoca was previously owned […]

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60 Jobs to go at Harland & Wolff in Belfast

    60 Jobs to go at Harland & Wolff in Belfast

Harland & Wolff is set to cut 60 jobs at the iconic former shipbuilder in Belfast. The announcement was made on Thursday, with Michael Mulholland speaking for both GMB and Unite. The announcement follows a recent strong decline in the company’s order books.
The company – which now specialises in industrial design, ship repair, and marine engineering – […]

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Survey shows: 59% of medtech firms in Ireland increased sales in 2015

Ireland’s reputation as a major global hub for the medtech sector has grown in stature in recent years with 18 of the top 25 medtech companies in the world now operating here. This looks set to continue, as 77% of companies plan to launch new products and services in the next three years, according to a survey […]

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Promise Fulfilled at The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2016

Just over 2,000 people from all over Ireland visited the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, and participated in arguably the largest ever gathering of the manufacturing community in Ireland.
Visitors who braved the inclement weather were rewarded with a conference and exhibition that […]

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National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition – Citywest Hotel, Dublin – Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Featuring over 150 keynote speakers, a wide variety of free workshops as well as 150 exhibitors, displaying the latest processing and supply chain technology available to Irish industry, the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition takes place on Tuesday, January 26th, at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin.
2,000 people are expected to visit the event, […]

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National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2016 to Set New Records

With 2,000 people expected to visit The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition being held at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, the event will mark the largest ever gathering of the manufacturing community in Ireland.
Now in its third year and firmly established as an All-Ireland ‘must-attend’ annual event, the […]

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National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2016 Breaks New Ground

The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition being held at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, continues to set new records and has been further expanded to meet growing interest and demand from Irish businesses within the manufacturing and supply chain sector.
Designed with the objective of connecting key stakeholders across […]

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National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2016 – Tuesday, January 26th – Citywest Hotel, Dublin

    National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 2016 – Tuesday, January 26th – Citywest Hotel, Dublin

In line with its newfound status as an All-Ireland ‘must-attend’ annual event, the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition has switched to a larger and more conveniently placed venue, moving from the Aviva Stadium to the Citywest Hotel, Ireland’s premier conference venue. The one-day event is expected to attract over 2,000 delegates from […]

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