Cork firm SimoTech expands with 70 new jobs

SimoTech’s embrace of smart manufacturing technologies sets the stage for overseas market growth.

Cork-based process automation player SimoTech is to create 70 new jobs over the next two years.

These jobs will be based in Ireland, including Carrigaline, Co Cork, where SimoTech has expanded to a new headquarters to facilitate its continued growth. 20 of these jobs will support SimoTech’s overseas work from Ireland, including its first contract in Singapore, working with a large vaccine provider on a major capital project in the APAC region.

“These new roles are just the first step, as we look at expanding our footprint in the years ahead across Europe, the US, and Asia, while still building from Cork”

Working with some of the largest biotech and pharma companies in the world, SimoTech has 85 staff working on projects across Ireland, the United States, Puerto Rico, Germany, and Singapore. The new roles will be created in the areas of Process Automation, Computer System Validation, Labs Informatics, IT Infrastructure and Project Management.

“SimoTech is an integral player in the global supply chain for pharmaceutical products, and in engineering the vital technologies that support their manufacture,” said SimoTech CEO Pat Desmond.

“Over the last three years, demand for automation expertise has allowed us to expand at a rate of 30pc each year, doubling our client base. We have trebled our revenue to €14m in 2020 and doubled our staff numbers in the last three years.”

Pulsating with life sciences

Founded in 2011, SimoTech has grown rapidly to being a recognised leader in the delivery of Manufacturing Automation and IT solutions to the Life Sciences industry.

Currently, the company works with 10 of the Top 20 global pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers and are expanding its global reach in Ireland, Europe and US to satisfy customer expectations.

“These new roles are just the first step, as we look at expanding our footprint in the years ahead across Europe, the US, and Asia, while still building from Cork,” said Desmond.

“By embracing smart manufacturing technology, we are now able to provide 24/7, remote services to our clients, anywhere in the world. During the pandemic, that allowed these corporates to keep their plants operating, even when site visits were not possible due to restrictions. By providing these vital services remotely, we are also able to expand our business abroad while still supporting job creation at home in Ireland.”

The new roles will be created in the areas of process automation, computer system validation, labs informatics, IT infrastructure and project management.

The investment was welcomed by An Taoiseach Micheál Martin, TD, who said: “SimoTech is a shining example of the type of technical innovation Ireland has to offer, and I’m delighted to see it expand its global footprint while creating high-skilled jobs at home. Biotech and pharma are crucial sectors for the Irish economy and having home-grown companies of the calibre of SimoTech is essential to that success.”

The investment is a sign of major growth both in the company and in Ireland’s life sciences sector, which has demonstrated remarkable resilience throughout the pandemic, said Martin Corkery, regional director for the South and South East at Enterprise Ireland.

“SimoTech is a great example of a true Irish success story, which has gone from strength to strength since it was founded just ten years ago. We look forward to continuing to work with the company and wish the team well in their future endeavours.”

Main image at top: Pictured with An Taoiseach Micheál Martin at SimoTech’s Carrigaline headquarters are (left to right) Martin Corkery, Regional Director at Enterprise Ireland; Aishlyn Kerr, Talent Acquisition Lead at SimoTech; Pat Desmond, CEO at SimoTech; and Brian Clune, Head of Talent Management at SimoTech. Picture: Darragh Kane

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

Published: 22 June 2021

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