New embassies and consulates good news for exporters – IEA

Simon McKeever

The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has welcomed the announcement that the Government is to open five new embassies and consulates. IEA CEO Simon McKeever said our diplomatic network and the assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade were vital in supporting the exporting sector, especially in new and emerging markets. “This government investment will undoubtedly reap benefits for our commercial reputation and business success,” he said. The decision, announced by the Tánaiste, will see five new Irish embassies and three new consulates established in Europe, South East Asia, Africa and the Americas. “At the IEA we have been working with the government to encourage established and potential exporters…

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Byrne Looby Partners extends Middle East footprint with new Dubai office

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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Version 1 acquires UK operation of Tieto Corporation

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

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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Eirtech Aviation wins contract with Canada’s WestJet

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 to open a centre in Haiti

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

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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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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