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Nine Irish companies have announced new contracts and business developments worth more than €25m during the first three days of this week’s trade mission to the Gulf. The Enterprise Ireland mission, which concludes tomorrow, is being led by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton. The contracts were secured on the Saudi Arabia and Qatar legs of the five-day mission, which now moves on to the United Arab Emirates for the final two days. The new deals announced include Jones Engineering contract worth more than €15m with a major multinational fast-moving consumer goods brand and Escher Group’s deal with Saudi Post to extend their licence…

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Irish consulting engineering firm Byrne Looby Partners (BLP) has opened a new office in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), increasing its footprint in the Middle East where it already has two offices (in Doha, Qatar and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), The new Dubai office brings the total number of BLP offices, in Ireland and internationally, to nine. The company has also made two senior appointments to bolster its presence in the UAE – Mike White, regional director of BLP Dubai, is to be joined by Ronan Duffy as regional business development manager and Mohammed Nimeri as senior project engineer to the Dubai office. Since first entering the Middle East in…

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Irish IT services company Version 1 has acquired the UK-based Forest business operations of Northern European IT services company Tieto Corporation for an undisclosed sum. Version 1 currently employs over 400 people and operates offices in Dublin, Cork, Belfast and London; Forest’s 23 employees in Kent transferred to Version 1 on 31 October. Forest develops and supports IT solutions for customers in the packaging and recycling industry. Justin Keatinge, chief executive officer of Version 1, said this was the first in a series of strategically planned announcements it would make over the coming months. “Through this first deal, we will greatly strengthen our platform in the UK market and increase…

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Education Minister leads education and technology mission to Brazil

The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn TD today led a major Enterprise Ireland education and technology mission that included 30 companies and education institutions to Brazil. The mission, organised by Enterprise Ireland from 19 to 25 October, will coincide with a major higher education fair in Sao Paulo and Futurecom, the largest telecommunications, information technology and internet event in Latin America. During that time Irish companies and education institutions will be working to increase Irish exports and deepen business and education links between Ireland and Brazil. “Jobs are an absolute top priority for this Government, and increasing our export activity with the countries that will dominate the global…

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Irish company Eirtech Aviation has won a contract with Canada’s second largest airline WestJet for the installation and maintenance of advanced warning cabin pressurisation systems. The work will be carried out on WestJet’s Boeing 737 fleet. Eirtech developed a solution to a specific Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Airworthiness Directive. The directive mandates a further level of warning and awareness for the flight deck crew by improving visual and aural annunciation in the cockpit, which will enable pilots to accurately and safely differentiate between take-off configuration indicators and cabin altitude pressurisation warnings. Eirtech’s design solution has already received all mandatory approvals from the FAA, European Aviation Safety Association and the Canadian…

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Camara Education is opening a centre in Haiti to improve the quality of education there and provide digital literacy skills. To be located in Port au Prince, the new hub will enable Camara to develop partnerships with local schools, community groups and other educational institutes on the ground, in order to establish eLearning centres and deliver teacher training. The decision to open the hub in Haiti is based on the success of Camara’s pilot projects with 12 women’s centres throughout the country, which was supported by Digicel Foundation. The announcement was made at the Haitian Center for Research and Action toward the Advancement of Women (CHREPROF) in Port au Prince.…

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PCH partners with Texas-based MetaWatch The STRATA

Cork, headquartered PCH International is partnering with US start-up MetaWatch as part of its Accelerator programme, coinciding with the launch of its smart sports watch, the MetaWatch STRATA. PCH International founder and CEO Liam Casey said: “MetaWatch CEO Bill Geiser and CTO David Rosales have almost a decade of experience designing smart watches, and they are disrupting the watch industry with their innovative thinking. “Coupled with PCH product development and supply chain expertise, and our ability to scale, we are bringing a revolutionary new product to market.” Through the Accelerator programme, MetaWatch can take advantage of PCH expertise in product development, module mechanical design, case mechanical design, prototyping, tooling, manufacturing, quality testing,…

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SuperValu is to become the first retailer in Ireland to use the world’s first national DNA database for pigs, which will allow it to provide a guarantee to consumers that all of its bacon is Irish. Recognising potential weaknesses in paper based traceability systems discovered after the pigmeat dioxin crisis, the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) partnered with IdentiGen in Ireland to build the DNA TraceBack system for boars. All Irish breeding boars are DNA tagged, which is then used to generate a DNA-ID, a unique code which identifies the animal, its offspring and subsequently all produce from these animals. The programme now forms part of the Bord Bia quality assurance…

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Members of the Ireland France Chamber of Commerce (IFCC) have seen been a modest to positive increase in business performance over the last three months, according to a new survey. According to the findings, 50pc of IFCC members have seen an increase in business activity levels over the past three months while 8pc increased the average price they charge for the same period. Seventy-five percent said they had maintained or increased business revenues over the period. Some 94pc expect to maintain or increase business revenues over the next three months Seventy-nine percent said the rate of incoming business to be level or higher in the last quarter compared to the…

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Only 18 months since the site went live, UrParts.com won the gold prize for Export Startup of the Year at the Vodafone Startup Awards recently. It also won silver in the Digital/Online and Women in Business categories. Started by brother and sister team Simon and Sonya Fitzpatrick, the site connects buyers and suppliers of new and used spare parts around the world . It focuses on the spare parts industry for the construction, agricultural and commercial truck sectors and is 90pc export-driven. The Fitzpatricks came up with the concept having learned from the 40 years’ experience of the construction industry through their family business Fitzpatrick Plant Sales (Fitzplant). “By saving buyers time and money with their free service UrParts.com is becoming an invaluable resource to anyone who requires parts for excavators, bulldozers, tractors, dump trucks,…

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