A diverse region spanning 6 counties from the East to North West coasts of Ireland, the Border Region is home to a diverse range of FDI companies. High value manufacturing, in life sciences and engineering, along with international services, financial services and technology are the key sectors in which the FDI base operates.
The region, which includes counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth (including the towns of Dundalk and Drogheda), has a population of 514,891. There are several IDA business parks located in the region which is home to many world-renowned multinationals including Abbott; Stiefel,a GSK Company; Zeus Industrial Products; UnitedHealth Group; Avantcard; eBay; PayPal; Coca-Cola; Xerox; CG Power Systems; International Fund Services and Becton Dickinson & Co.
Strategically positioned on the East Coast of Ireland, lying approximately halfway between the two largest cities in the island of Ireland – Dublin and Belfast – there is no better location for investment.
Drogheda is a long established and proven business location. Hosting a cluster of multinational companies in international and financial services, consumer goods and manufacturing activities.
Dundalk is Ireland’s first sustainable energy zone and the town’s unique gateway status is further complimented by quality infrastructure, labour availability and cost competitiveness.
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The Border Region has a ready supply of a young educated workforce. This is fuelled by the region’s close proximity to a large number of third-level institutions with a combined student cohort of over 175,000 and approximately 47,000 graduates each year.
There are two universities and five Institutes of Technology located in the Border catchment area providing strong industry links and significant research capabilities across a wide range of industry sectors. The Institutes of Technology in Letterkenny, Sligo and Dundalk have a long track of deliverying research, development, innovation and entrprise solutions to industry, ranking from multinational companies to locally based SMEs.
Excellent infrastructure and close proximity to Dublin and Belfast, in the east, with access to five airports and five deep-sea ports, provides the Border Region with very strong value propositions for clients. This area also enjoys the lowest latency transatlantic telecommunications link through the Hibernian Networks telecoms infrastructure ‘Project Kelvin’, connecting the Border Region to North America and Europe.
For those looking to escape the stress, overcrowding and exorbitant prices of big city life, the Border area is a gateway to tranquillity, stunning scenery, rugged coastline and numerous beaches. There is a host of outdoor activities on offer, from top class surfing, sailing, hill walking and fishing, to spectacular golf links. Living in the area has the added incentive of competitive housing prices and reduced traffic congestion.
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Minister for Business Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys TD today turned the sod on a new IDA Ireland Advance Technology Building (ATB) in Monaghan.
The new c.1329m2 building, which will be constructed at the IDA Business & Technology Park, Monaghan will comprise 910 m2 (c.9,800 sq. ft.) of high tech manufacturing space with ancillary office space over two floors.
Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys TD today confirmed that WuXi Vaccines, a subsidiary of WuXi Biologics (stock code: 2269.HK), is planning to build a $240 million vaccine production facility on the newly established WuXi Biologics Campus in Dundalk, bringing 200 additional new jobs to the town over five years. The new investment, for which a planning application was submitted to Louth County Council last month is being supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland will bring total employment on WuXi Biologics’ Dundalk Campus to 600 by 2024.
Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) today announced the establishment of a Repair Shop in Dundalk, Co. Louth. The investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
Panasonic Avionics Corporation supplies and services in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) systems. The company’s customer base includes more than 300 airlines located across the globe.
A key business unit within Panasonic, Panasonic Technical Services (PTS), provides Repair, Line Maintenance for Aircraft, Spares Parts Supply and Technical Services that include Training & Technical Publications and Technical Support at over 70 permanent locations across the world.
PTS’s customized support programs are designed to ensure equipment serviceability at the lowest possible through-life cost.
PublicRelay, a leading US media monitoring and analytics firm, announced today plans to establish a new office in Cavan, creating 20 new jobs over the next two years. Cavan was selected as the location for a second office in Ireland based on the strong pool of educated talent available in the region and the innovative nature of Cavan’s newly opened Digital Hub where the company initially will be based. PublicRelay Ireland, Ltd. is currently looking to hire its initial team of associate analysts and a manager to begin work before the end of this year.
E-commerce and technology leader Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) has opened its new European base in the IDA’s flagship North West business park in Sligo, and revealed it is on track to make its 100th Irish hire before year end.
Liberty Insurance today announced plans to expand its operations in Cavan, creating up to 120 roles over the next three years. The effort is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
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eBay is set to bring jobs directly to Ireland’s North East and North West locations as it seeks out new talent for its eBay@Home programme.
Every company that wants to grow will reach a point where it needs to expand into new markets. Doing it right means setting up operations closer to those customers.
It’s a big step, but it’s one that many others have taken before. For this blog, we spoke to senior leaders at leading tech companies that expanded into Ireland. They shared their advice on getting a fast and frictionless start, with five practical tips for others planning to grow their business internationally.
Allstate Sales Group Inc. (ASG), a provider of turnkey engineering and construction services to the telecommunications industry today announced it is to establish software development and CAD support centres in Ireland, at locations in Waterford and Sligo, creating 200 new jobs over the three years. It is the company’s first operations outside the US.
Minister Heather Humphreys today announced that IDA Ireland has selected Monaghan as the location for a new Advanced Technology Building (ATB) and appointed a design team.
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New fast landing service to provide collaborative work environment
IDA Ireland, in partnership with IT Sligo and Sligo County Council, have today officially opened a new fast landing property solution. The establishment of IDA Ireland’s first fast landing service at Embankment House, Sligo, to be known as ‘The Landing Space’, will provide an open plan, turnkey collaborative working environment for companies who wish to quickly and easily establish operations in the North West region.
Today Minister Heather Humphreys will open the European headquarters of Entekra™ in Monaghan town. Entekra will create 100 new high-skilled jobs in the area following an investment announced earlier this year in May 2018. These jobs will be in the areas of design engineering, finance, marketing and customer support.
E-commerce and technology leader Overstock.com, Inc. announces plans to expand its European base in Sligo, Ireland, creating 100 new research and development roles and more than tripling the office’s current headcount.
The new full-time positions will include junior and senior roles in areas such as software development and testing, machine learning, and data analytics.
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IDA Ireland welcomes today’s statement from Abbott in Donegal that it is to expand its existing manufacturing facility which will result in the creation of c.500 new jobs over the next number of years.
Phibro Animal Health Corporation (Nasdaq:PAHC) today announced plans to establish a biotech facility producing a range of innovative animal health vaccines on the IDA Ireland Finisklin Business Park in Sligo, creating up to 150 jobs over 5 years.
IDA Ireland, the inward investment agency of the Irish Government has today reported a very strong first half of 2018.
International Retail Solutions company E3 Retail announced today it is to establish a Software Development and Sales Centre in Sligo to support the development and localisation of its retail solutions platform and architecture based on a cloud utility (“pay as you go”) model.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister of Ireland today announced that WuXi Biologics, a Hong Kong-listed (2269.HK) global open-access biologics technology platform company, is to invest €325 million and create 400 new jobs over five years in a new biologics drug substance manufacturing facility on the Industrial Development Authority’s (IDA) greenfield site in Mullagharlin in Dundalk, Co. Louth.
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