Multinational companies employ over 14,000 staff in the Mid West of Ireland. It is home to 115 IDA client companies with particular emphasis on the ICT, Life Sciences, Engineering and Content, Consumer and Business Services sectors.The region’s FDI base is concentrated at the National Technology Park adjoining the University of Limerick Campus, at IDA Raheen Business Park and at locations adjoining Shannon International Airport in County Clare.
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Large ICT companies, such as Dell, Analog Devices and Intel, have a long history of development in the region. While the recent arrival of both Regeneron Biopharma and Ethicon Biosurgery in 2014 has boosted an already strong Life Sciences sector that features Johnson & Johnson, Zimmer, Stryker and Cook Medical.
Collaboration with the University of Limerick’s research capabilities has seen clusters of expertise develop in both the ICT and Life Sciences sectors. This has developed key centres of knowledge in Advanced Manufacturing, Sales and Customer Support, Sub Supply Chain and Logistics, and Advanced Research and Development activities.
Multinational companies in the Mid West are spoilt for choice when it comes to access to highly qualified graduates. There are three universities and three Institutes of Technology within the Limerick catchment area, providing a student cohort of around 67,000, which results in approximately 21,000 graduates every year. Directly located within the region, University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology provide strong research and development linkages. The National Research Institutes of Excellence, including Lero (Software), the National Pharma Tech and Composites Research Centres, and Materials & Surface Science Institute, are also located in the region.
Limerick city offers a wealth of arts, entertainment, restaurants and museums. However, a short drive from the metropolis opens a world of lush scenery, a rugged Atlantic coast, cultural and historical treasures, and sporting activities including world-class surfing and some of the best links golf courses in the world. The location is well serviced by road and rail, while Shannon International Airport (which has full US customs pre clearance and is just 25 minutes from Limerick City) provides regular daily flights to the US, UK and Europe.
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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN), one of the fastest-growing companies in the global biotechnology industry, today announced further expansion of its Limerick Industrial Operations and Product Supply (IOPS) bioprocessing campus with an additional 300 jobs and investment of $100 million, bringing the total expected employment at the site to 800 people and total investment to $750 million. The project is supported by the government through IDA Ireland.
Element Six, a world leader in synthetic diamond super-materials and member of The De Beers Group of Companies, has today announced the creation of a further 100 jobs at its Shannon facility as part of a €7million investment at the plant this year.
2016 marks second year of record growth - Companies adding 11,842 jobs net
More Than 200 High-Tech Positions Will Be Located In New Limerick Facility
Plans to hire approximately 30 new employees to support operations
New Limerick data centre accommodates growing EMEA demand for ACI’s Universal Payments solutions; also brings 50 new jobs
Leader in fixed, mobile and Wi-Fi ultra-broadband solutions expands European footprint creating 50 new jobs
Office Will Serve Over 50,000 Brands In 69 EMEA Countries; Creating 100 Jobs
Strong regional focus - 365 meetings between Irish exporters and multinationals in Athlone, Sligo and Limerick
Raheen site will be largest capacity biopharmaceutical production facility in Ireland
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