Five of the top 10 companies on Forbes’ list of The World’s Most Innovative Companies have Irish operations. This underlines Ireland’s success in attracting cutting-edge FDI investment across a range of sectors. Learn how these sectors have evolved in Ireland and their ambitions for the future.
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Ireland has undertaken a significant programme of investment in communications and technology infrastructure, third-level institution linkages, property developments and transportation networks to drive the growth of industry hot spots throughout Ireland. Existing clusters in Medical Technology, Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals and Internet, amongst others, are already thriving as a result.
Increasing numbers of High Growth companies are locating in Ireland to scale up and internationalise their operations. The exciting commercial and creative mix on offer, together with a business-friendly environment and speed to market are key motivating factors.
The likes of IBM, PayPal and Ericsson have been based in Ireland for many years, and are among the many companies who have continued to invest in Ireland. This highlights how Ireland not only attracts multinationals, but helps them continue to expand their operations and move up the value chain. Find out more about some of the key high-value activities in Ireland.
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Dublin, Ireland: February 14, 2019 – S&P Global Ratings is pleased to announce the opening of its new European headquarters in Dublin. This milestone was celebrated at an opening ceremony today, attended by senior leaders from the organization and Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland. Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, TD, will officially inaugurate the new Dublin office at a formal reception this evening.
European Financial Forum opens in Dublin Castle today
Feb 6 2019: US law firm Clark Hill has announced a merger with the well-known Irish firm O’Gradys Solicitors giving it a significant presence in Ireland, its first office within the European Union.
Assystem Technologies and its affiliates relaunch under a new brand. 18 months after taking over the operations of Assystem SA’s Global Product Solutions division, and following a series of acquisitions in 2018 including SQS - an industry leading quality partner for digital business with a 500 people-strong presence in Ireland, the organisation becomes Expleo.
Meissner Filtration Products announced today that it will expand manufacturing operations by establishing a facility in County Mayo, Ireland, creating upwards of 150 jobs over the next 5 years.
€36 million investment will position DePuy Synthes’ Irish operation at the forefront of ground-breaking health solutions
Today, IDA Ireland welcomed the announcement by Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg that the company plans to hire 1,000 people across 60 teams in Ireland in 2019. The jobs created will span the engineering, safety, legal, policy, marketing and sales teams.
Salesforce announced that it is to add 1,500 jobs over five years and expand its investment in Ireland into Dublin city centre. The company will establish ‘Salesforce Tower’ an urban campus of four interconnected buildings located on North Wall Quay within Dublin’s vibrant Silicon Docks.
Autodesk, Inc. announced the opening of its new offices at 1 Windmill Lane, which will serve as the company’s EMEA headquarters. Almost one year on from its move to Dublin, 170 employees have joined the Autodesk team in Ireland, representing 28 different nationalities.
Hermes Investment Management has established an Irish domiciled management company, Hermes Fund Managers Ireland Limited (HFM Ireland) in response to the risks posed by Brexit as well as the firm’s broader strategic outlook and commercial expansion plans.
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, and IDA Ireland, the Irish Government agency responsible for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to Ireland, has today announced that employment levels in its client companies have reached 229,057. FDI’s performance has exceeded targets set by Government contained in IDA Ireland’s Strategy - Winning: Foreign Direct Investment 2015-2019.
Central Pharma announced it is to establish an EMEA accredited contract packaging and supply centre at the IDA’s Advanced Technology Building in Tralee, Co. Kerry, creating 100 jobs over five years.
Zimmer Biomet, is celebrating a decade in Ireland. A leading employer in Shannon and Oranmore, Galway, the company’s footprint in Ireland now features two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities plus a professional education centre that attracts healthcare professionals from around the world.
ThousandEyes, the network intelligence company that provides visibility into the Internet, cloud and every network that companies run on, announced the company’s expansion into Ireland with the opening of a sales and services office in Dublin.
An initiative to establish a national cyber security cluster in Ireland has been announced today. Facilitated by Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), the national cluster will be called Cyber Ireland and is supported by IDA Ireland.
IDA Ireland today welcomed the announcement that Barclays has received regulatory approval from the Central Bank of Ireland for the bank’s enlarged Irish operation and the expansion of its licensed pan-European activity, encompassing corporate and investment banking, wealth management and card services.
MathWorks today announced accelerated growth in its Ireland office, as it looks to fill over 20 current job openings. Established in Galway in late 2016, MathWorks Ireland also expects to fill 65 additional jobs in 2019.
ReliaQuest, today announced the grand opening of their 1st office location outside of the United States in Leopardstown, Dublin. Founded in 2007, ReliaQuest today employs over 300 staff across its 3 office locations in Tampa, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Dublin, Ireland. ReliaQuest plans to create 100 new jobs in their Dublin office over the next 3 years. These jobs will mainly be within their Security Operations Centre, consisting of security engineers, analysts and content developers.
Move to new, larger premises in Waterford signals company’s plans to develop a flagship facility to spearhead its activities in Ireland and worldwide
Accela, the leading provider of cloud-based productivity solutions for government, announced today the opening of its Dublin office and plans to double the company’s current Ireland workforce.
INIT, a world-leading supplier of intelligent transport systems, celebrated the opening of its new software development centre in Maynooth, Co. Kildare today. Currently, a team of eight employees is working on the software for INIT’s ticketing systems as well as for field devices. Future plans include the provision of up to 20 additional high-skilled jobs in the areas of software development, in C++ and C#. The celebration marks the company’s first operations centre outside Germany.
Leading Australian travel insurer, World Nomads Group (WNG), today announced the launch of its European operations and headquarters in Cork to support its international expansion strategy. The new Cork-based operation will directly manage the company’s European travel insurance business with the establishment of a Managing General Agency (MGA) in Ireland.
70 new Tech jobs to be created over next 2 years
ALPS Electric (Ireland) Limited celebrated its 30th Anniversary at its facility in Millstreet, Co. Cork.
ALPS Electric (Ireland) Limited was founded in Millstreet Town, County Cork in 1988 as a manufacturing base of ALPS Customers in Europe. Today ALPS Electric (Ireland) Limited employs over 700 people in Millstreet Town. The Facility has 56,000 square feet of world class manufacturing space and including SMT, moulding, decorative parts painting and lasering marking capabilities.
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