Irish Manufacturing Research News & Events September 2020  

Plotting the Future of Industrial Technology -
The Irish Times 09/09/2020

In an abandoned former cigarette plant on the edge of Mullingar, a group of researchers is plotting the future of Irish industrial technology. The repurposing of the old Imperial Tobacco site is emblematic of how the Irish Manufacturing Research Centre sees itself – building Ireland’s industrial base of the future on the foundations of the past, and present.

But this is not some dream factory for academic researchers preoccupied with blue-sky thinking. The centre is focused on the pragmatic manufacturing challenges of business today.

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October Webinar Registration Now Open

Presenter: Ken Horan
The Automate Irish Manufacturing (AIM) Initiative
The Automate Irish Manufacturing (AIM) Initiative is designed to increase Ireland’s maturity in Robotics & Advanced Automation.

It seeks to achieve this by increasing Irish Manufacturers’ engagement at all levels of their organisation with next-generation Robotics research, forward-looking peers & technology providers to give Irish Manufacturers a mid-to-long-term view on how these technologies can impact their operations.

Presenter: Sabine Giron
Discover the Automation Assessment Tool
The Automation Assessment Tool is a solution to one of the most common questions amongst manufacturers: which automation paradigm is best suited for my manufacturing challenge?

Register Here


IMR Introduction to Lean Training Day

This 1-day Introduction to Lean course will be delivered online on Friday 16th October. The course is an introduction to the methods of Lean and Six Sigma and the contribution they make to improving a process. These approaches to process improvement reduce waste, boost productivity, and increase overall profitability.”
As a result, you will boost your lean knowledge and capabilities in an interactive and enjoyable way.
Book your place today, contact

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Current Career Opportunities at IMR

As Irish Manufacturing Research continues to go from strength to strength we are delighted to be able to announce the following job opportunities:

If you are interested send your cv to 

SURVEY for AM Skills for the Workforce

SAM (Sector Skills Strategy in Additive Manufacturing) is a European initiative that aims to address the workforce development for Additive Manufacturing (AM) by developing a shared skills vision and collaborative learning solutions for the sector at European level. 
If you are working in Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing, we invite you to take part in this survey on AM Skills for the Workforce

The survey aims to identify relevant AM skills and new job profiles, which will be used to develop future education and training requirements. The survey will last for approximately 15 minutes, and is structured in four different sections:
Section 1: General information
Section 2: Professional background
Section 3: AM skills
Section 4: AM Training


Manufacturing Buildings Comfort Metrics & DSU Opportunities

IMR is currently involved in researching and developing demonstration solutions to deliver superior comfort control mechanisms and DSU opportunities over cloud services, as part of an EU funded Project ‘iBECOME’ under Grant Agreement number: 894617.
The following anonymous survey is being conducted to ascertain the level of engagement with Comfort Metrics & DSU Services in Manufacturing facilities in Ireland.


AIB Partnership with the Strategic Banking Corporation 

IMR network members AIB are committed to supporting manufacturing companies during these challenging times. They understand that the current economic uncertainty has numerous implications for manufacturing businesses and recognise the necessity that companies are resilient and continue to innovate despite the uncertainty that they face.
AIB has partnered with the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland to provide a range of low-cost finance solutions. Loan terms vary and finance is available to fund working capital, refinance COVID expenses, business expansion, innovation, or adopting your business to mitigate COVID 19 or Brexit impact.

Key Highlights include:
Credit Guarantee Scheme Term Loan 
SBCI Future Growth Loan Scheme
SBCI Brexit Load & COVID-19 Capital Scheme 
For more information visit


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Demystifying the American Market Place

How do small companies break into a massive continent?

As part of a Transatlantic Business Partnership Program, Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) and the Upstate South Carolina Alliance sought to provide an answer to representatives from 10 Irish companies during a four-day visit to South Carolina’s Upstate (pre-COVID 19 times). This truly was a unique trip, with the primary focus being company to company engagement in order to determine the potential business relationships between South Carolina & Irish companies.

Watch the Video of the trip and the reaction of some of those who travelled.
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IMR CEO Barry Kennedy on Midlands 103
with Will Faulkner

On Tuesday the 22nd of September Barry Kennedy joined Will Faulkner on his Midlands Today show on Midlands 103 to discuss the two ventilator projects that IMR has been working on in a response to COVID-19, that can also become possible solutions in developing countries.

You can listen to the full conversation here.
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Why Ireland is a Hotspot for MedTech?

"At a headline level 80% of the world's cardiovascular stents, 75% of the world's knees, 40% of the world's contact lenses and 25% injectable devices for diabetics are made in Ireland, establishing the country as a significant global MedTech hub. Per capita, Ireland has the highest industrial output in the medical device sector in the European Union (30,000+ employed in a population of 4.5 million people..."

Maurice O'Connell, Chief Operating Officer at Irish Manufacturing Research, was recently asked to write an article explaining why Ireland is such a hotspot for MedTech.

Full article on Page 15 of the Sept-Oct Edition of Medical Plastics News European Edition.

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IMR intervention presentation to EFFRA Assembly for EU Commission
Dr. Andrew Lynch, Chief Innovation Officer for IMR gave an ‘international expert intervention’ presentation to the EFFRA Assembly on the Made in Europe (MiE) program.

The MiE framework will replace the current H2020 program from next year and is in the final phases of development in conjunction with the EU Commission.  IMR has been an integral partner in the pre-development of the MiE program as part of its role in the EFFRA Assembly. 

Two other international experts gave expert input to the process (the Chairman of the World Manufacturing Forum and Head of Research for Volvo) Dr. Lynch’s focus was on impact models for new use cases, integrated business and product-service production approaches.

For more information on the ongoing development of the MiE program and how it may impact your organisation, contact

Upcoming Events

Keep an eye on our website and social platforms for upcoming IMR events including Outreach, Webinars, and a Virtual event. 

Premier Publishing & Events Ltd has significant experience in creating offline and online events in Manufacturing, FMCG, Construction, Tech, Finance & Health. They are offering free Virtual events across their five operating divisions.  Below is a list to their upcoming events. 
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