Ambitious advanced manufacturing action plan for Ireland’s Midlands

Ambition to make the Midlands of Ireland an internationally recognised centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing.

A new Action Plan for Ireland’s Midlands to make it a global location for advanced manufacturing has been revealed.

Minister for Trade Promotion Robert Troy, TD, last week (9 July) launched the Midlands Advanced Manufacturing Action Plan 2021-2024 at an outdoor event at Irish Manufacturing Research in Mullingar.

“Given the significance of manufacturing to the Midlands, I hope this strategy will enable our Region to capitalise and leverage its strengths in this area to promote the Midlands as a place to live, work and invest in”

Minister Troy said the ambition is to make the Midlands of Ireland an internationally recognised centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing and an ideal location for manufacturing firms to grow business and exports.

“I want to commend the work of everyone involved – a real example of cross collaboration between our regional stakeholders. Given the significance of manufacturing to the Midlands, I hope this strategy will enable our Region to capitalise and leverage its strengths in this area to promote the Midlands as a place to live, work and invest in.”

Vision and actions

The action plan aims to realise the vision through the implementation of a suite of actions under four enabling themes:

  1. Education, Training & Skills,
  2. Research & Innovation,
  3. Support infrastructure & networks,
  4. Strengthening the manufacturing industry base – FDI and Indigenous sectors.

“The Midlands, with its centrality, young talented labour force, quality of life offering, excellent education, research and innovation facilities both within the region at the Technological University of the Shannon – Midlands Midwest, and those adjoining the region make it an ideal location in which to do business,” said Michael Cryan from Abbott Diagnostics and Industry Chair of the Working Group.

Anne Fitzpatrick, manager, Engineering in Enterprise Ireland and Enterprise Ireland lead on the Midlands Advanced Manufacturing Steering Group said that the Action Plan sets out a range of distinctive actions centered on education and skills, research and innovation and infrastructure and networks which will support the development of an advanced and sustainable Midlands manufacturing centre of excellence.

“The plan will leverage the existing national and regional infrastructure in place, including the Irish Manufacturing Research and the Industry 4.0 Regional Technology Cluster supported by Enterprise Ireland. This plan will support regional manufacturing companies to embrace emerging technologies and advanced techniques which will enhance their competitiveness, innovation and sectoral leadership.”

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 12 July 2021