PennEngineering has increased its presence in Ireland with the development of a new, 80,000 square foot (7,400m2) facility located in Galway on the west coast.
The development highlights PennEngineering’s commitment to its European customers and expanding its production capabilities. The new facility will become the primary manufacturing site for all PEM clinch products sold in Europe. In addition to the existing on-site manufacturing facilities, the site has a Research and Development Centre and an Application Engineering Centre, offering full custom fastener and installation design and test capabilities. The new facility will make the Galway site a ‘centre-of-excellence’ focusing on developing innovative solutions for the European market.
The announcement was welcomed by An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD, who emphasised the importance to the Irish Government of expanding the manufacturing sector and driving regional development.
Speaking at the official opening, Minister of State Sean Kyne said: “I am delighted to see PennEngineering establish this ‘centre of excellence’ in Galway. It is a sure sign of the success of the company, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and it is a tribute to the commitment and dedication of the team here in Galway. As Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, I am particularly heartened to learn that the new facility has been built to the highest environmental considerations with the very latest sustainability and ecological technologies.”
Liam Foy, sales and marketing director EMEA at PennEngineering, commented: “The new facility expands our capabilities for our customer base; they see our ability to serve them globally but with a strong regional focus as a key benefit to their business. In the last 12 months we have launched four new products and have moved our entire core product to ‘lead-free’. The fact our products are ‘Made in Europe’ ensures we are close to our customer supply chain.”
The expansion will bring the total footprint of PennEngineering operations in Galway to in excess of 200,000 square foot (18,600m2) – employing 200 local people. It will support PennEngineering’s growing markets in Europe, ranging from industrial, electronics, medical, energy and aviation sectors, as well as using new product innovations to expand in the automotive electronics, electrification and lightweight segments.
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