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United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Expands Facility to Encompass Aerospace Research and Development in Cork

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United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Expands Facility to Encompass Aerospace Research and Development in Cork

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Expands Facility to Encompass Aerospace Research and Development in Cork
September 01
11:21 2015

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the research and innovation arm of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), announced today the expansion of its Ireland facility, United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Limited, to include aerospace research in cyber-physical systems. The addition of the Centre of Excellence in Cyber-Physical Systems for Aerospace will create 25 highly skilled roles in electronics, diagnostics and data analytics, controls, aircraft systems engineering and embedded systems.

The investment is made with the support of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland.

Speaking at an announcement to mark the official opening of the new Centre of Excellence in Cyber- Physical Systems for Aerospace, Minister for Agriculture, Food, Marine and Defence, Simon Coveney TD, said, “I am delighted to welcome this expansion by UTRC into aerospace research. The choice of Cork for this activity is a clear demonstration of Ireland’s ability to provide a highly skilled workforce for this type of activity. An exceptional level of collaboration between industry, academia, state agencies and regulatory authorities drives Ireland’s dynamic RDI sector. This is supported by a highly pro-business government policy.”

“United Technologies Research Centre Ireland has flourished in the past five years, providing ground-breaking research focused on United Technologies Corp. business units in the building and industrial sector, leveraging innovations inspired by European research trends,” said David Parekh, vice president, Research, and director, UTRC. “The opportunity to grow with the IDA’s support will benefit both UTRC and the bright minds that will soon be joining the team here in Ireland.”

Welcoming the announcement, Martin Shanahan, chief executive officer, IDA Ireland, said, “UTRC’s research into aerospace is strategically aligned with Ireland’s ambitious research agenda. Unprecedented levels of investment in science and technology have created a vibrant research community in Ireland. UTRC’s expansion of its research facility in Cork further strengthens IDA Ireland’s ability to attract world-class research projects to Ireland.”

The support from the Irish Government reflects the strategy behind the European Union’s five-year Horizon 2020 program: an €80 billion European Union (EU) Research and Innovation program driving economic growth and research breakthroughs in Europe. Horizon 2020 Ireland-specific initiatives offer numerous opportunities for research-based companies such as UTRC.

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