Ecocem to create 61 jobs as it seeks to increase green cement exports to Northern Europe

Minister Brian Hayes with John Newell, managing director, and Conor O’Riain, head of new markets and products, Ecocem Ireland

Ecocem Ireland said today that it is planning to create 61 jobs as part of a new three year, €19m investment programme that will see the company expand its exports of eco-friendly cement. The announcement was made at the official opening of the company’s new facility at Dublin Port. The plant will be used to bag Ecocem’s eco-friendly cement, which, according to the company, has a 50pc lower carbon footprint than traditional cement. The company said the new plant will lead to the creation of 25 direct jobs and 36 indirect jobs in other, directly-associated and Irish-based suppliers. The €19m investment includes a €5m investment in machinery and infrastructure already made, and will…

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Kerry Group reports double-digit growth for 2012

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Kerry Group’s preliminary results for 2012, showing double-digit growth, maintain the strong momentum demonstrated in recent years, according to Davy Research. Following its €186m investment in research and development during the year, sales revenue increased by 10.3pc to reach €5.8bn, while trading profit climbed 10.8pc to €555m. Kerry Group chief executive Stan McCarthy said: “We are pleased to report a strong group-wide performance in 2012 and 11.3pc growth in adjusted earnings per share. “Our 1 Kerry Business Transformation Programme is well underway which through exploiting the technologies and expertise of the organisation will drive our future growth. We continue to invest in our technologies, innovation and nutritional expertise, and also…

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Canadian company to recruit over 100 positions at Jobs Expo 2013

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Canadian construction company Kidco Construction Canada has confirmed that it will be actively recruiting for over 100 positions at Jobs Expo 2013, an employment and recruitment fair, which will be held in Dublin’s Croke Park on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February. Kidco Construction operates the largest fleet of earthmoving equipment in Southern Alberta, and is a full service contractor specialising in highways, municipal public works, residential, commercial land development, trucking, basement foundations and underground utility installations. Kidco Construction is looking to fill the following positions: Single and twin engine scrapers (613, 621 631, 651, 627, 637 and 657) Graders Excavators  (200- 385 Caterpillar; 350, 470, 870 John Deere; 200…

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Irish Film ‘The Summit’ Picked Up By Major US Distributor

Irish Film 'The Summit'

An Irish documentary about the K2 mountain tragedy in August 2008 which killed 11 climbers, ‘The Summit,’ has been snapped up by a major US distributor at the Sundance International Film Festival 2013. The distributor, Sundance Selects , is a new theatrical and video-on-demand film label that provides a national platform in the US for independent films and documentaries will be available in about 40 million homes. A subsidiary of IFC which is owned by American media giant AMC, it secured the US distribution rights over the weekend. AMC is the studio behind the TV show, ‘The Walking Dead,’ which is shown on RTE2 in Ireland and IFC previously produced ‘Touching The…

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Brite:Bill makes senior appointments and expands in the US

Brite:Bill makes senior appointments and expands in the US Oli Cavanagh

Dublin-based Brite:Bill has made a number of appointments to its management team and expanded its presence in the US market. Founded in 2010, Brite:Bill provides customer communications products which enhance the presentation capabilities of existing billing systems for mobile operators. Liam Davis has joined Brite:Bill as chief operations officer and chief financial officer (CFO) after spending 13 years in Norkom where he was CFO.  Norkom, which merged with BAE Systems in 2011, provides risk, fraud and compliance solutions to financial services and government clients across the globe. Davis has 15 years’ experience in financial, operational and commercial management. He is responsible for Brite:Bill’s financial planning as well as the daily operation of…

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Analytics software firm Presidion creating 20 graduate jobs

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Dublin-based provider of analytics software and services Presidion is to expand into the UK, and plans to recruit 20 graduates over the next three years. Originally SPSS Ireland, Presidion was set up in 1995 and has evolved to have over 500 accounts and thousands of customers in Ireland. It is a key strategic partner of IBM in the field of predictive analytics and currently employs 14 people. Minister of State for Small Business John Perry TD announced the re-branding of Presidion, its expansion into the UK market and the graduate programme. In his speech, he stressed the significance and importance of growth in the Irish indigenous economy, and that Presidion…

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pTools wins “significant” deal with Canadian law firm

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Dublin-headquartered enterprise web content management provider pTools has announced a new contract with Canadian law firm Heenan Blaikie. While the financial details of the deal have not been disclosed pTools described it as a significant win. Developed with pTools’ content management software services, Heenan Blaikie’s new website – heenanblaikie.com – delivers detailed lawyer profiles and expertise for its 575 lawyers and professionals worldwide. pTools will assist the law firm’s web-based development, focused on Canada and France. Founded 40 years ago in Montreal, Heenan Blaikie now has nine offices across Canada, as well as a Paris office and Singapore representative office. “This overhaul of our website reflects what we have heard…

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Ireland to benefit from 60pc rise in demand for poultry to 2030

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Global demand for poultry will be 60pc greater in 2030 than it was in 2010 and Ireland is in line to share in the overall market growth, according to Rabobank, which released a review of the sector in advance of the 2012 Poultry and Egg Conference in Monaghan tomorrow. Ireland needs to focus on the ‘Irish brand’, fresh poultry products and added value, Rabobank said.  “In Ireland, poultry is gradually becoming the number one type of protein consumed, although overall meat consumption is declining very slightly. Increasing imports will challenge domestic suppliers. “The future of the Irish poultry market looks relatively good. Ireland will benefit from market growth in general…

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Asia-Pacific fastest growing region for Kerry Group

Asia-Pacific fastest growing region for Kerry Group

Despite tough conditions in Europe, food group Kerry has reported a 10.9pc increase in sales revenue for the first nine months of the year to €4.4bn and trading profit growth of 12.1pc. In the ingredients and flavours part of the business, the Americas region achieved solid growth of 2.4pc “through successful layering of technologies and innovation”. Indianapolis-based Millennium Foods was acquired in August further strengthening Kerry’s technologies serving dairy, culinary and prepared meals end-use-markets. And Griffith do Brasil, a specialist manufacturer of meat systems, flavours and texturant systems was also acquired – extending the group’s capability to serve added-value growth segments of the Brazilian meat industry. In the EMEA region,…

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Taoiseach opens Zenith Technologies’ new US HQ

Taoiseach opens Zenith Technologies' new US HQ

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD has officially opened the new US headquarters of Zenith Technologies in Pennsylvania during his business trip to the US. Headquartered in Ireland and supported by Enterprise Ireland, Zenith Technologies is an automation and engineering company principally servicing the life science industry. It was founded in 1998 and has worldwide revenue of $50m and US revenues of over $12m. With 14 offices worldwide, it employs over 370 people. Fifty of these people are in the US and the company expects to double its workforce there over the next two years. Zenith has a diverse client base in the US including Amgen, Baxter, BMS, Dow, Grifols, GSK,…

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