Research centre manufactures jobs


THIS WEEK:More jobs are on the horizon in the manufacturing arena, with the Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research (ICMR) expected to make a jobs announcement today.

The ICMR, along with its partner, the Innovation for Ireland’s Energy Efficiency Research Centre, will make the announcement at an innovation expo in Dublin today.

Renowned philanthropist and climate-change expert George Polk will be among the speakers at the expo, which is taking place at Enterprise Ireland headquarters in Dublin.

The additional jobs follow a collaboration by Irish companies including Johnson Johnson, Intel, Pfizer, Seagate Technologies, Carbery and Amgen, to develop initiatives required to maintain a competitive edge in the manufacturing industry.

“The two centres were established after a group of companies got together to do joint work in the areas of productivity and energy efficiency. At the time Ireland’s cost base wasn’t the cheapest and there was a fear some of the big companies might pull out of the country,” sais ICMR chief executive Barry Kennedy. Over the past 18 months the two centres worked with universities and high-potential start-ups to make companies more productive and enable spin-outs.