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First ever cross-border collaboration manufacturing workshop to take place in Limerick as part of largest ever Manufacturing Solutions Ireland event.

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  • International businesses also look to Manufacturing Solutions, hosted by TUS & GTMA, to introduce new technologies to the Irish, UK and European markets in the new Manufacturing Technology Zone.
  • GTMA: “The success of the event is driven by demand, and that demand is fuelled by a determination of businesses in Ireland and the UK to build relationships, work together and do business.”

Members of Manufacturing NI, who represent 5,500 manufacturing firms in Northern Ireland, will travel to Limerick next week to meet with representatives of the Irish industry cluster, IDEAM** in a bid to foster cross-border collaborations that will support the green and digital transition for manufacturing SMEs.

The InterTradeIreland supported meeting and workshop for IDEAM and Manufacturing NI is just one element of Manufacturing Solutions Ireland 2022 taking place at TUS (Technological University of the Shannon), Moylish Campus, Limerick, on Wednesday and Thursday June 15 and 16, organised by TUS and UK Manufacturing Supply Chain trade association the GTMA*.

Manufacturing Solutions Ireland, which began in 2016, has grown from a successful manufacturing supply trade exhibition to a two-day event that now includes a multi-million euro Manufacturing Technology Zone and the IDEAM Digitalisation of Manufacturing Conference. Meet the Manufacturer also returns as part of this event, along side 150 exhibits, which attract thousands of exhibitors, delegates, manufacturers and visitors from across Ireland and the UK to Limerick.

Dr. Jamie Meehan, Cluster Manager, IDEAM said that this year’s extended two-day Manufacturing Solutions event will also provide historic firsts. “For the first time ever a cross-border collaboration workshop will take place allowing two industry clusters – IDEAM and Manufacturing NI – come together with a view to developing relationships that will allow us to jointly attract more business into the future. Manufacturing NI represents businesses with sales valued at £20 billion, whilst the manufacturing industry in the Republic of Ireland recorded sales of €134.6 billion in 2020. Sharing ideas and opportunities among this sector on both sides of the border will be hugely beneficial for everyone.” Meanwhile day two of the conference will introduce EIT Manufacturing, the European body that seeks to empower people who are capable and inspired to shape the future of manufacturing. Its members will travel to Limerick to advise attendees at Manufacturing Solutions how to access the €400 million support fund.

Multi Million Euro Manufacturing Technology Zone

International businesses are also looking to Manufacturing Solutions Ireland 2022 to introduce new technologies to the Irish, UK and European markets through the new Manufacturing Technology Zone. Large companies across the UK and Europe will bring machines, many never before seen in Ireland or the UK, to the event that is now considered one of the largest manufacturing events in Ireland. Companies such as Mills CNC, Hurco, Wenzel, Werth, Fanuc, Lister Machine Tools, ETG Ireland, Premier Machine Tools and Starrag, will demonstrate machines valued at more than €5 million over two days in the Manufacturing Technology Zone.

David Beattie General Manager GTMA said,Manufacturing Solutions Ireland is growing year on year, and is now a permanent fixture in the calendar for manufacturers with an interest not only in what is happening now in industry, but also looking at next generation technology and innovation. The success of the event is driven by demand, and that demand is fuelled by a determination of businesses in Ireland and the UK to build relationships, work together and do business.”

President of TUS Professor Vincent Cunnane said he was delighted to welcome the GTMA and Manufacturing Solutions Ireland back to the Moylish Campus, now home to Ireland’s third technological university – TUS.  “TUS is driving development and investment across the Midwest and Midlands, building on our commitment to ensure that manufacturing in the regions continues to adapt, change and remain at the cutting edge internationally. Our partners in GTMA bring all the leading technology suppliers together at Manufacturing Solutions, so that industry can benefit from collective knowledge, products and technology. We are delighted to host an event that not only allows us to build strong partnerships but facilitates an exchange of ideas.”

For further information or to register to attend this free two-day event see Given the popularity of the event – booking is advised.

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