With global names such as Apple, Pfizer and Amazon, the South West of Ireland, which includes the counties of Cork and Kerry, has developed into a thriving hub of Technology, Life Sciences and Business Services operations. It is home to 158 multinational companies, which employ 30,419 directly.
Our new Invest in Kerry microsite outlines Kerry's attributes as a location for investment. From talent to property solutions, investors can experience what Kerry has to offer. Companies like Fexco, Astellas, Borg Warner, JRI America, Liebherr and many more are happy to tell you about their experiences in establishing their operations in Kerry.
IDA Ireland has planned, developed and now offers to market a Flexible Advanced Building Solution in Tralee, Kerry. This modern facility can be customised to meet the needs of Manufacturing or Services companies and opens up a significant Property Solution opportunity. Kerry is located in the South-West and is situated between Ireland’s second and third cities.
Tralee is the commercial and cultural capital of Kerry – a County with an already-strong variety of successful global FDI and local companies. It is a significant educational hub with many highly trained STEM graduates living across the region. Tralee is definitively Irish in character and determinedly global in outlook.
Invest in Cork is an interactive experience designed for use on tablet, smartphone and PC. Information on location, education, lifestyle and existing IDA and indigenous companies is provided through rich images, video and text.
While the city of Cork, Ireland’s second largest metropolis, provides the heartbeat of the region, the South West boasts a population of over 660,000 and a labour force of 317,658 when the other main locations in the area, which include Tralee, Killarney, Mallow, Fermoy, Clonakilty and Youghal, are taken into account.
The region’s strong focus on education and access to multiple research centres has fuelled the staffing and skill requirements of multinationals. Its strong research and development credentials are underlined by the presence of the world-renowned Tyndall National Research Institute (focusing on photonics, electronics, materials, nanotechnologies and ICT), the APC Microbiome Institute (pioneering research in gastrointestinal health) and Teagasc Moorepark Dairy and Food Research Centre.
The presence of large multinationals and its strong research and development culture has made the region a hotbed for Life Science, Technology, Multilingual and Engineering graduates. This ensures the South West continues to attract the best of talent from across Ireland and Europe, thanks to its international airport and connectivity to Mainland Europe and the UK.
The region’s ability to provide highly skilled employees is underpinned by the presence of three third-level institutions: University College Cork (UCC), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT), with over 30,000 full & part time students. These produce around 9,000 graduates every year across Business, Humanities, Engineering and Sciences. Each of these third-level institutions constantly engage with the network of multinationals located in the region, especially when it comes to work on collaborative research projects.
With a vibrant, bustling city at its heart, surrounded by some of the most spectacular landscapes in Ireland, the South West provides the perfect work-life balance. Its friendly atmosphere, good lifestyle and ample employment opportunities not only help to attract, but also retain highly qualified and strongly motivated employees.
Explore the current business landscape in the South West and see what's happening on the ground now.
Dassault Systèmes opened their new office in Phoenix House, Monahan Road, Cork today. The French Ambassador H.E. Stéphane Crouzat presided over the opening ceremony with Simon Coveney, Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, and Cllr. Mick Finn, Lord Mayor of Cork City Council, with many members of the French and Irish business communities in attendance.
Even by the hyper-growth standards of the technology industry, Park Place Technologies stands out for its rapid recent rise. Last year, the company had its sixth successive ranking on the Inc. 5000 list of the USA’s fastest-growing private companies. In the past 18 months, it closed 10 acquisitions spanning Latin America, Asia and Europe.
€36 million investment will position DePuy Synthes’ Irish operation at the forefront of ground-breaking health solutions
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.
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.
Agilent Technologies Ireland Ltd. today held the official opening of a new, purpose-built research and development extension to its Little Island, County Cork facility.
VoxPro to expand its existing facility in Cork into an adjacent new office, which will result in the creation of 400 new jobs over the next number of years.
The global investment climate is in flux right now with investors looking to locate in jurisdictions that can offer them stability across the policy and regulatory and talent worlds.
BioMarin International Ltd. is investing in a new Drug Product Filling Project at its Shanbally, Co. Cork facility. This project will allow the company to maximise the flexibility of the site with the expansion of the operational manufacturing capacity to meet the rise in the global demand for its therapies to treat rare genetic diseases that mostly affect children.
Sigmar Group to Open European Talent Hub in Tralee
CORK, IRELAND and SANTA CLARA, CA – July 30, 2018 DataStax, powering the Right-Now Enterprise with the always-on, distributed cloud database built on Apache Cassandra™, announced today the opening of a new office in Cork, Ireland and expects to create 30 jobs over the next 3 years with 10 of the roles being filled immediately in Finance and IT.
NGINX, Inc., the company based on the popular open source project and offering a suite of technologies designed to develop and deliver modern applications, has raised $43 million in Series C funding led by Goldman Sachs Growth Equity (GS Growth), a platform within Goldman Sachs’ Merchant Banking Division. NGINX has experienced tremendous growth and customer traction, including adoption by more than 30% of the Fortune 50. With this latest round, NGINX will accelerate its mission to help enterprises on their journey to microservices – a modern approach to application development. The Series C brings NGINX’s total funding to $103 million.
Global cybersecurity leader Forcepoint today formally opened a new Center of Excellence in Cork, Ireland. The investment, supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland, will focus on new product development in the cloud and endpoint cybersecurity technology space.
IDA Ireland, the inward investment agency of the Irish Government has today reported a very strong first half of 2018.
Eventbrite, the world's leading ticketing and event technology platform, has officially opened its new 11,500 square feet office in an historical bank building at South Mall 97 in Cork today. The opening ceremony was attended by local and national dignitaries including Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Lord Mayor of Cork Tony Fitzgerald, and the IDA’s Executive Director Mary Buckley. Previous tenants of the classical setpiece with clear view of Cork City Hall include the Provincial Bank of Ireland and The Irish Examiner.
When Keeper Security set up its first European operations in late December, it chose Cork as its location – but its decision wasn’t out of the ordinary. The password management company joined a growing roster of cybersecurity companies operating in the greater Cork area, including AlienVault, Cylance, eSentire, FireEye, Malwarebytes, McAfee, Sophos, Trend Micro and Trustev/TransUnion. You could say that Ireland’s second city is a hidden gem for cybersecurity.
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