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Winners of the 2019 IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards

Winners of the 2019 IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards
January 22
11:59 2019

Former CEO and non-executive director of Creganna-Tactx Medical, Helen Ryan has been crowned the Outstanding Industry Contribution winner at this year’s IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards. The event, which celebrates the finest in Irish manufacturing, took place at the Citywest Hotel Convention Centre on the evening of the 17th of January, following the record breaking National Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition held earlier the same day.

Unlike other awards ceremonies, the event recognised hard work, innovation and dedication to the industry. Female business leader, Galway woman Helen Ryan scooped the title for enabling Creganna-Tactx Medical to become one of the world’s top 10 medical device outsource providers. Her time as CEO ensured the company grew five-fold to become the largest indigenous medical device company in the world.

Speaking about her win, Helen Ryan said: “I’m thrilled to have won at this year’s IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards. It’s not often the medical device industry gets recognised for its people and innovation despite the industries efforts to keep Ireland on the map as a leading manufacturer in the med tech field.”

Competition was fierce this year with hundreds of entries applying across 15 categories. Other winners included Java Republic who won Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year for boasting the world’s first purpose-built carbon-neutral roastery in the world. In addition to this, Intel were awarded ICT Manufacturing Team of the Year while Kerrygold Park won Food Manufacturing Team of the Year (for a full list of winners please see below).

Innovative work, close collaboration and improvement to internal operations played a significant role in the decision-making process for judges this year. The 2019 panel included Eoin O’Driscoll, Chairman of Tyndall Institute; Barry Kennedy, Chief Executive of IMR; Caroline Spillane, Director General Engineers Ireland; Bob Barbour, Chief Executive Competitiveness Centre; Professor Eamon Murphy, University of Limerick; Dr Christopher Keely, Trinity College Dublin; and John Whelan, Chairman of Premier Publishing and Events.

Speaking about Helen Ryan’s win, John Whelan said: “Premier Publishing and Events are delighted to see a former female CEO win at this year’s Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards. Helen has contributed to putting Ireland on the map as a leader in producing innovative technologies in the medical device sector and we wanted to recognise her hardwork and determination in bringing this to fruition. Congratulations to all our other winners also who continue to contribute a significant amount of hardwork and dedication to Ireland’s manufacturing industry.”

Barry Kennedy, CEO, Irish Manufacturing Research, said “This year’s finalists were chosen because they have demonstrated the ability to navigate change and innovation as industry leaders, and as such, they represent the very best within Ireland’s Manufacturing industry today. Through Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) we look forward to supporting their growth and success now and into the future and we are proud to remain at the forefront, championing advancements in manufacturing across the island of Ireland. We look forward to continuing to assist our member company’s put the necessary building blocks in place as they continue to lead through hard work, innovation and determination. On behalf of IMR, I would like to sincerely thank all of the businesses that entered this year’s Awards programme. Through their success, they make an invaluable contribution to the economy, employment and Ireland’s reputation – and they should be applauded for these achievements.”

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Helen Ryan receiving her award from John Whelan, Chairman of Premier Publishing and Events.

 

Winners of the 2019 IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards:

Best Use of Robotics sponsored by Cobots.ie

Valeo Vision Systems

Industry Research Partnership of the Year

DesignPro Ltd & University of Limerick

Contract Manufacturer of the Year

Croom Precision Medical

Health & Safety Initiative of the Year

Briody Bedding Ltd

Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year

Java Republic

Supply Chain Manufacturing Partner

Optel Group

Food Manufacturing Team of the Year

Kerrygold Butter Packing Ltd

Engineering Manufacturing Team of the Year

Key Plastics Ltd

ICT Manufacturing Team of the Year

Intel

Medtech Manufacturing Team of the Year

Cook Medical

Biopharma Manufacturing Team of the Year

Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals Ringaskiddy Cork

Smart Factory Manufacturer of the Year

DePuy Synthes

Best Manufacturing Skill & Development Program

Boston Scientific Clonmel

Micro Manufacturing Company of the Year

Horan Automation & Consulting

SME Manufacturing Company of the Year

Arrotek Medical Ltd

Large Manufacturing Company of the Year

Boston Scientific Clonmel

Gran Prix IMR Manufacturer of the Year

DePuy Synthes

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