- Strong level of investment wins over the first half of 2023, in line with expectations
- Number of strategic capital intensive and innovation investments announced
- Job and regional approvals remain strong
- FDI base proven to be resilient and impactful
Performance to end H1 2023
- 139 investments won in the first half of 2023, with associated employment potential of over 12,000 jobs
- 52 new name investments and 67 (48%) of investments were approved for regional locations
- Investment and job results as expected in line with the strong investment flows seen since 2015
- Increased scale and complexity to the types of investment being secured, reflecting Ireland’s strengths as a location to implement major projects
- 25 Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) projects and 13 sustainability projects won in 2023 to date, outpacing results in same period last year as clients increase focus on transformational investments
- Healthy performance against a backdrop of a fragile global economy, with flat FDI into Europe, demonstrating continued resilience and growth across IDA’s sectors of focus
- Some improvement in the global economy, however ongoing headwinds including persistently high inflation and downside risks including geopolitical uncertainty
- International investment landscape continues to evolve amid more active industrial policy in strategic sectors and the acceleration of green and digital transitions
- Following mid-term review of IDA’s 2021-24 strategy, IDA will renew its focus on transformational investments in RD&I, digitalisation, talent development & sustainability to support enhanced competitiveness of MNC’s Irish operations
- IDA will also adopt a ‘mission-oriented’ focus on strategic growth opportunities in renewable energy and strategic technology clusters, aligned to objectives of the Irish Government’s White Paper on Enterprise
- Provided enabling infrastructure challenges in the economy are urgently addressed, FDI is well placed to continue to drive growth and to support the decarbonisation and digitalisation of the economy
July 5th, 2023 Dublin. IDA Ireland, the inward investment agency of the Irish Government, today reported steady investment growth in the first half of 2023. Investments won over the first half of 2023 are tracking in line with our expectations of a positive pipeline. The outlook for investments over the second half of the year remains strong. IDA Ireland continues to engage with clients across all sectors, who collectively play a crucial role in supporting Irish economic growth.
In the first half of 2023, 139 investments were won, with the potential of 12,072 jobs. 52 were new name or first time investments, while 67 (48%) of the 139 investments went to regional locations.
Several strategic investments approved and announced in the first half of the year involve large job numbers and significant capital investments.
Speaking today at the launch of IDA Ireland’s 2022 Annual Report, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney said: “We saw a record year last year for foreign direct investment and today, despite significant challenges in the global economy, we see this level of performance largely maintained in the first six months of this year.”
“These results are also commendable given ongoing international turmoil caused by Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. While there are some other economic headwinds ahead, including persistently high inflation, Ireland continues to win international investment due to our highly educated and talented workforce and because of our stable pro-business environment.”
“We’ve worked hard to create a welcoming environment for FDI in all parts of the country and the strong spread of jobs and investment in today’s results is in keeping with government policy, with 67 (48%) of the 139 investments outside of Dublin. While Dublin continues to be the engine of our economic growth, our aim is for well paid, long-term sustainable jobs, to be available in every region in Ireland. That is our objective and I’m glad to see that largely reflected in today’s results.”
Michael Lohan, CEO IDA Ireland said: “These are strong half year results achieved against a backdrop of considerable global geo-political uncertainty, ongoing inflationary pressures, supply chain challenges, climate change and energy issues, as well as the ongoing Russia Ukraine conflict. The results show the endurance and strength of the FDI sector with 139 investments approved so far this year with associated employment figures remaining strong, at over 12,000 jobs approved.”
“Ireland is an established top tier investment location for multinationals who choose us because of our consistent, stable, pro-business landscape, our high level of education, our ability to attract and retain talent, and the flexibility and agility of our skilled workforce. Central to Ireland’s continued success will be embracing transformation to enable our economy, our enterprise base, and our people to thrive in a world where companies who do not progress on the paths of digitalisation and decarbonisation will be left behind. In this context, the ambition of the Government’s White Paper on Enterprise in setting a vision for enterprise policy to 2030 is welcome. IDA Ireland is actively engaged with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (DETE) on the White Paper, the full implementation of which will enhance Ireland’s competitiveness in a decarbonised and digitalised global economy.”
“Ireland’s existing base of foreign direct investment is a core national asset that we must continue to nurture and develop. Exports by multinational companies (MNC’s), a key factor to Ireland’s economic 2022 recovery, grew to €315.5bn, approximately 70% of total national exports in 2021. Beyond expenditure in the Irish economy, IDA Ireland clients make a considerable contribution to the public finances. Sectors dominated by IDA Ireland client companies account for an estimated 70% of corporation tax receipts and also make a significant contribution to income tax receipts.
“Progressing with plans to improve the carrying capacity of the economy will be vitally important to enable Ireland to maintain existing levels of investment and to fully realise opportunities in the years ahead. IDA Ireland has frequently highlighted the need to efficiently deliver on key objectives including increasing the supply of new housing, making the planning system clearer and more consistent, and progressing key infrastructure projects under the National Development Plan. The transformative nature of policy, geopolitical and technological developments over the past 12 months also place an added emphasis on the need to fast-track the roll-out of renewable energy, invest in the digital skills of our people, promote RD&I, and ensure we have a competitive green and digital incentive offering.”
Concluding Michael Lohan said, “Investors commitment to Ireland remains strong. The country’s value proposition as a place in which to do business remains, as evidenced by these results, a compelling one. As we seek to lay the foundations for continued growth and transformation in the FDI base in the years ahead, our success will depend on progress towards enhancing the carrying capacity of the economy in the immediate and medium-term. The key areas requiring attention remain planning, housing, energy, water and wider infrastructure. Policies that support the continued availability of talent are also critical. Managing costs in the current inflationary environment and executing on planned capital projects will be challenging, but important for Ireland’s continued competitiveness.”
Key investments in H1 2023
Siemens Healthcare – Dublin - announced the launch of a Centre of Excellence for Immunoassay Instrument Research and Development (R&D) in Swords, Ireland. The new Centre will focus on unlocking breakthrough innovations in laboratory instruments used to detect infectious diseases, cancer and blood disorders. The existing manufacturing and engineering site, which supplies medical diagnostic equipment globally, will receive a multi-million-euro investment from Siemens Healthineers and create up to 100 new jobs
ABB - Dundalk - ABB opened a multi-million-euro global research and development (R&D) centre for the pulp and paper industry. ABB’s Dundalk R&D Centre is at the heart of ABB’s automation and digital offering for the sector and will be home to the ongoing evolution of the ABB Quality Control System (QCS)
Dexcom - Galway – Athenry – Galway has been identified as the site for a new, state-of-the-art global continuous glucose monitoring manufacturing facility for Dexcom. The new facility represents a €300 million investment over five years and the potential to bring up to 1,000 high-skilled jobs to the region
Analog Devices – Limerick – The new facility is intended to help accelerate advances in cutting-edge applications, including digital biology, electric vehicles, and robotics. The €630m investment is expected to result in 600 new jobs and the tripling of wafer production capacity at ADI’s European regional headquarters in Limerick, Ireland
Boston Scientific – Clonmel – the company announced an €80m expansion of manufacturing and office space, the creation of 400 new jobs and transfer of 90% of energy needs to renewable sources
PepsiCo – Cork – PepsiCo is nearing completion on a €127 million investment at its Little Island manufacturing facility, which will see the opening of additional manufacturing capacity and further investment in its R&D campus
BD – Dublin & Enniscorthy - BD announced it plans to invest €30 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Enniscorthy, Wexford, creating 85 new jobs. The announcement was made at a grand opening ceremony for BD’s new €4 million research and development facility in Blackrock, Dublin
ServiceNow – Dublin - plans to create 400 new jobs in Ireland over the next three years as part of the company’s growth plans across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The new roles will be primarily across digital sales, engineering, research and development
AMD – Dublin & Cork – company is investing up to $135 million over four years to fund several strategic R&D projects through the addition of up to 290 highly skilled engineering and research positions, as well as a broad range of additional support roles
Liberty IT – Galway - Liberty IT has expanded its presence across Ireland with a new hub in PorterShed, Galway. As part of its growth plan, the industry leader in digital innovation has also announced the creation of 100 new jobs
Read the full report here.