Exida creates 25 new jobs in Shannon

Exida a world leader in functional safety, industrial cybersecurity, and alarm management, has chosen Shannon as the location of a European Centre of Excellence.

Pennsylvania-headquartered cybersecurity player Exida is to create 25 new jobs in Shannon over the next five years.

“We are very excited to launch Exida IRL to provide local support for our European customers and expand Exida’s technical capabilities,” said Chris O’Brien, CEO of Exida.

“The US-based team at Exida experienced Shannon and the Mid West’s unique value proposition and pro-business environment, through IDA Ireland’s Remote Site Visit hub”

“There were several factors that led to choosing Ireland for this expansion including; proximity to European customers, strong local talent pool to recruit from, support from IDA Ireland, and the country’s proven track record for foreign direct investment.”

Virtual visits

The landing of the Exida jobs deal highlighted IDA Ireland’s adaptability to the Covid crisis with the agency making use of its Remote Site Visit Hub.

“Due to travel restrictions imposed following the global outbreak of Covid-19, the US-based team at Exida experienced Shannon and the Mid West’s unique value proposition and pro-business environment, through IDA Ireland’s Remote Site Visit hub,” said IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan.

“I wish to congratulate the team at Exida on today’s announcement and assure them of IDA Ireland’s continued support.”

Exida provides certification, services, assessments, and tools to automation, automotive, robotics, and machinery equipment manufacturers as well as pharmaceutical, chemical, petro-chemical, oil and gas, subsea, metals and mining, pulp and paper, and power utilities customers.

“Initial hiring is already completed for the Shannon office and our plans are to bring the total staff count up to 25 in the next three to five years,” said Iwan van Beurden, director of Exida IRL.

“This staff will allow us to expand our software development capability and resource EU projects. The process of setting up a new office completely virtually was quite smooth, IDA Ireland was there to help and provided excellent support through many net meetings.”

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar added: “I warmly welcome Exida’s decision to locate its new Centre of Excellence in Shannon. This will bring 25 highly skilled jobs to the Mid-West over the next 3-5 years. Exida is a world leader in a highly specialist field and it will be a welcome addition to the business ecosystem in the region.”

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

Published: 29 October, 2020