Tuesday, 24th May IDA Ireland welcomes Apple’s announcement today that is to further expand its operations in Cork with the addition of a new campus building that will afford it extra capacity to accommodate 1,300 employees.
Today’s announcement follows Apple’s recent opening of its European Engineering and Test Facility.
The company also plans to provide employee transport services and green communal spaces for its growing workforce.
Apple first established operations in Cork in 1980, investing and reinvesting for the past 41 years. They presently employ some 6,000 people.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin welcomed the announcement saying it was further evidence of Apple’s strong commitment to Cork, and a strong endorsement of Ireland as a prime location for leading global technology companies to establish and successfully grow their operations. “Apple was a trailblazer in technology at the time they established operations in Cork and their presence here gave, and continues to give, confidence to many more global tech companies to locate in Ireland. It is most encouraging to see them continue to invest in their Cork site.”
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment Leo Varadkar said he was delighted to see Apple further embed its operations in Ireland with this expansion. “Apple continues to be a standard bearer in technology, constantly innovating and evolving their products to keep ahead in an extremely competitive marketplace. The benefit of their presence, not only to Cork but to the surrounding counties and the whole of Ireland, in terms of job creation and contribution to regional and national economies has been enormous. I wish the team every continued success with this expansion, which once built, will accommodate 1,300 employees.”
IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan pointed out that Apple’s Cork site has made a substantial beneficial contribution to the company’s global success and said: “The impact of a company with this longevity in terms of reinvestment over 4 decades, job creation, innovation and acquired expertise is huge. It extends way beyond its own campus to the hundreds of companies and merchants of all sizes, right across Ireland, who derive benefit from their presence here. It is the reason why Apple was the recipient of IDA’s inaugural ‘Special Recognition Award’ in 2021, which recognises the contribution of our clients to Ireland.”