PCH Partners with Texas-based MetaWatch

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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World’s first national DNA database for pigs to be used by SuperValu

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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Ireland France chamber members reporting postive signs for economy

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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UrParts.com recognised for export focus after 18 months

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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Open to Trade? Ireland Ranked Eighth in World

Ireland ranked eighth in world in terms of openness to trade Ian Talbot

Ireland has been ranked eighth out of 75 countries worldwide in terms of its openness to trade, according to the latest Open Markets Index issued by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). It is placed fifth in Europe behind Luxembourg, Belgium, Malta and the Netherlands. “As a small island, an open economy is vital to allow for access to larger markets and free movement of capital for investment. Ireland’s ranking is positive news given the importance of foreign direct investment and international trade for our economic wellbeing and particularly to support employment and to create the growth so desperately needed in this economy,” said Ian Talbot, secretary general of ICC…

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55 Irish companies on business mission in London

Representatives from 55 Irish-based companies are on a business mission to London today and tomorrow, which represents Dublin Chamber of Commerce’s largest ever international business mission. Companies travelling with the delegation include Arnotts, Hayes Solicitors, Mason Hayes & Curran, ESB, GAA, UCD, Dublin Airport Authority, PwC, City Jet, KPMG, PayPal and Fexco. It will incorporate briefings from UK business leaders, site visits, and a networking reception at the House of Commons, hosted by Tourism Ireland. The briefings are with Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, Paul Caplis of UK Trade & Investment, Bob Doyle of London Partners, Mark Gregory, chief economist for the UK and Ireland with Ernst…

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New Glanbia facility to create 76 direct jobs

Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Ltd (GIIL) said today that it is developing a new dairy facility in Belview on the Kilkenny/Waterford border that will create 76 direct and 1,600 indirect jobs and contribute around €400m each year to the economy. The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is part-funding the facility’s development through Enterprise Ireland. GIIL processes 1.6 billion litres of milk or 30pc of Ireland’s milk pool into a range of dairy ingredients for export to more than 50 countries.  All produce from the new facility will be for export markets. Construction is set to begin on 17 May and the new facility is expected to begin production in spring…

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Risks in extended value chain greatest concern in supply chain management Deloitte

Colm McDonnell, partner at Deloitte Ireland

Almost two-thirds (63pc) of respondents to a new survey from Deloitte identified risk in the extended value chain – comprising vendors and customers and where they have less control – as their greatest concern with regards to supply chain risk. The survey of 600 global executives from manufacturing and retail companies, also found that over half (53pc) said that supply chain disruptions have become more costly over the last three years. As they operate in an environment of escalating risk, 45pc of surveyed executives say their supply chain risk management programmes are only somewhat effective or not effective at all. “Supply chains are increasingly complex and their interlinked, global nature…

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EU Trade Council meeting in Dublin to discuss US partnership

EU Trade Council meeting in Dublin to discuss US partnership

An informal meeting of the EU’s Trade Council is taking place at Dublin Castle today and tomorrow, focusing on international trade matters including an EU-US transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP). Chaired by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, the meeting will also be attended by Mike Froman, US deputy national security advisor for international economic affairs and member of the US National Security Council and National Economic Council, who is key figure in the Obama administration on international trade issues. Trade ministers from all EU member states will be attending, as will the EU’s commissioner for trade Karel De Gucht. This is the first time a…

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San Fran start-up Lively joins PCH Accelerator programme

David Glickman, co-founder, Lively

A start-up company focused on activity-sharing products called Lively based in San Francisco in the US has joined Irish firm PCH International’s Accelerator programme. Founded by Iggy Fanlo , David Glickman , and Keith Dutton in 2012, Lively’s activity-sharing experience aims to support an independent lifestyle for older adults by creating new avenues of connection between their families. Glickman explained: “The vast majority of older adults who live on their own are in good overall health and critical day-to-day monitoring isn’t necessary. So many products targeted at them today use fear as a selling tactic, addressing potential mishaps or focusing on emergency response. “We’re intentionally focusing on how older adults and their families want to live in a…

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