Investment of €10million in industry-led manufacturing research and energy efficiency centres will drive new business creation and support established business in creating more jobs
On Friday 20 May, 2011, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD launched technology centres in manufacturing research and energy efficiency both focused on helping to turn good R&D ideas into good jobs.
The €10million investment in industry-led technology centres follows Minister Bruton’s announcement last week of a €55 million investments in commercialisation initiatives, including a €5million the development of a technology centre with a focus on cloud computing.
In launching the centres, the Minister said, “I have consistently said that if we are going to get the economy growing and create jobs we have to focus on three things – reducing business costs, improving access to finance and encouraging innovation and improving commercialisation of research ideas”.
“If we are to develop the companies of the future in Ireland, both indigenous and multinational, we must not only fund hi-tech research in our universities but also crucially ensure that the research ideas we have developed can be put into action in industry. In this way, new businesses can be created and established companies can expand and create more jobs”.
“The Programme for Government commits to addressing that gap through establishing technology centres in order to develop good ideas into workable businesses so as to create the jobs of the future and get the economy growing again. In Ireland we are fortunate to have both a strong research capability and many of the world’s leading technology companies across a range of sectors. I am determined to ensure that we take advantage of the knowledge and expertise that exists in these companies for the benefit both of the companies themselves and of the Irish economy”.
“The centres I am launching today are advanced industry-led institutions which represent international best practice in partnering researchers with high-tech industry, allowing them together to improve productivity, develop innovative practices and commercialise research ideas leading to expansion and jobs”.
Welcoming the announcement Frank Ryan, CEO Enterprise Ireland said, “Industry-led technology centres are regarded as one of the most sophisticated R&D vehicles internationally. It is a model that experience shows works and can deliver real results – for the companies, for the research community and ultimately, for Ireland, giving us the opportunity to excel in key industrial and economic sectors. Their impact will be significant, supporting a more innovative, efficient and competitive Irish economy”.
Also attending the launch and welcoming the announcement, Barry O’Leary, CEO IDA Ireland commented that “Creating employment through knowledge and innovation in our client companies is a key Government priority. These two centres will use collaborative research to address the challenges of making Irish advanced manufacturing more competitive, and exploit the opportunities in the growing Energy, Green Technologies Life Sciences and ICT sectors. Bringing together companies with similar research needs and teaming them with highly-qualified researchers to produce marketable products and services is a highly efficient way of conducting industrial research. This collaborative approach will not only benefit the companies involved but will deliver a competitive advantage to Irish industry, reinforcing Ireland’s reputation as a flexible and innovative country”.
These two technology centres are collaborative entities established and led by industry and supported by researchers associated with research institutions, who undertake market focussed strategic R&D for the benefit of industry.
The essence of the initiative is that the centres are built around industry leadership, independence and commercialisation of research, with the research business of the centre being managed by a technology leader with industrial experience.
Their primary objective is to increase the level of market focussed strategic research and development for the benefit of industry, leading to greater competitiveness and growth in exports and jobs in Ireland.
Barry Kennedy of Intel Ireland is CEO of each of the centres which both have specific areas of activity.
Barry Kennedy of Intel Ireland is CEO of each of the centres which both have specific areas of activity. Speaking at the recent launch Barry said, “These centres are important initiatives as they give the member companies a unique opportunity to collaborate with other leading manufacturers to work together on and jointly solve common challenges in manufacturing.
The output of the R&D taking place in these centres will help industry in its drive to be more efficient and in the case of Intel will also afford the opportunity for us to work with diverse, world leading, cross sector, manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, biomedical, food and ICT sectors, on their future technology requirements and enable potential new business growth”.
Details of the two new centres:
The Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research (ICMR Ltd)
The Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research (ICMR) will focus on research to enable Irish manufacturing industries to improve competitiveness via breakthroughs in cost reduction, service levels, customer responsiveness, output and productivity, cycle time and time to market, flexibility and work force development, waste reduction and product quality. Based at Intel, the participating companies include: Intel, DePuy J&J, Boston Scientific, Analog Devices, Seagate, Bombardier, Ceramicx, EMC2, Pfizer. Overall productivity savings of 10% have been identified and are being pursued.
Innovation for Ireland’s Energy Efficiency (I2E2) Research Centre
The Innovation for Ireland’s Energy Efficiency (I2E2) Research centre focuses on the reduction of energy costs within the manufacturing sector. Based at DePuy, the participating companies include: DePuy J&J, Analog Devices, Aughinish, Intel, Pfizer, Ceramicx, Crowley Carbon, Bombardier, Carbury, Boston Scientific, EMC2. Overall electricity consumption cost savings of 10% have been identified and are being pursued, with the attendant environmental benefit in emissions reductions.
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