Tipperary enterprises can expect to benefit from a new science research centre launched in Limerick this Wednesday by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys.
The latest Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre, CONFIRM is being described as a "smart manufacturing" research centre led by University of Limerick and involving 42 companies.
The centre is funded by SFI and industry to a value of €47m, making it one of the largest new research and development centres in the country. The manufacturing sector is the second largest employer in Ireland and accounts for 24 per cent of total economic output - €110bn in exports.
Minister Humphreys launched the CONFIRM headquarters at Park Point, University of Limerick. The Park Point site, close to the main UL campus had been empty for some time and the university will continue to invest in its rejuvenation over the coming years.
The CONFIRM SFI Research Centre is a consortium led by University of Limerick, including the Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland Galway, Athlone Institute of Technology, Maynooth University and Limerick Institute of Technology.
The centre will comprise more than 200 researchers in smart manufacturing, including 106 new appointments.
The CONFIRM SFI Research Centre is supported by 42 Industry partners including technology providers and end users from the Multi-National Corporation (MNC) and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sectors across Ireland.
UL’s Professor Conor McCarthy, CONFIRM Centre director, said: “This truly is a game-changer for Irish manufacturing competitiveness. The establishment of this SFI research centre will position Ireland to play a leading role in the global smart manufacturing revolution. This innovation will enable consumer-driven mass customisation, where future Irish products will be tailored to individual needs and delivered directly to them just hours after placing orders.”