Transport


13
May 14

Jobs Boosts for Antrim and Cork

The new jobs announced by the Wright Group takes its total workforce to 1,800A County Antrim bus-building company has announced that it is to create 130 new jobs.

The new jobs mean that the Wright Group takes its workforce to 1,800 overall.

The jobs are being created in Wright EN-Drive, the company’s dedicated facility for  design and manufacture of integral vehicle chassis.

“Our aim is to become a world class designer and manufacturer of integral public transport vehicles and evolve into a major international supplier to the worldwide bus market,” said Mark Nodder, Group Managing Director of the Wright Group.

“This investment brings us a step closer to achieving that.”

In Cork, meanwhile, data and connectivity centre Cork Internet eXchange announced that it was creating ten new jobs as part of an expansion.

The new positions come as the company’s new CIX 1B Data Centre was opened officially by Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock.

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12
Jul 12

Nightline to invest €5m in Parcel Motel, creating about 50 jobs

Nightline to invest €5m in Parcel Motel, creating about 50 jobsNightline to invest €5m in Parcel Motel, creating about 50 jobs

Irish domestic parcel delivery company Nightline has announced a €5m investment in a new Parcel Motel service, which offers round-the-clock delivery for online shoppers. The investment will increase the number of units in Dublin as well as creating about 50 jobs.

Parcel Motels are self-service terminals located at petrol station forecourts, convenience store car parks and other areas. Each unit consists of 80 storage lockers, which online shoppers can have their purchases delivered to by setting up an account online.

Once the delivery has been made, a unique code is sent to the customer’s mobile phone, providing access to the locker containing their items. Deliveries made to Parcel Motels are stored for up to two days and can be collected at any time.

Nightline already has 20 Parcel Motel units in Dublin, but with this investment that number will expand to 100 by the end of the year, with a further 100 added in 2013 and 200 in 2014.

Over the course of the rollout, about 50 jobs will be created, 10 of which have already been recruited at Nightline’s Dublin headquarters.

Servicing the growing online shopping market

“(The year) 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of Nightline and as an indigenous Irish company we are proud to bring such an exciting innovation to Irish consumers,” said Nightline CEO John Tuohy. “With the ever-increasing growth of the e-commerce market in Ireland, estimated to be worth €3.5bn, we know that Nightline Parcel Motel will become a recognisable and important part of online shopping for communities around the country.”

Nightline currently has seven Irish depots and recently expanded three of these. In 2011, the company invested €5.5m in its Dublin headquarters and moved its Belfast operation to the new facility.

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20
Apr 12

Parcel firm to create 50 new jobs

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has hailed a boost in parcel delivery jobs

A parcel delivery firm has expanded its operations and announced plans to create 50 new jobs.

DPD Ireland revealed it has had to grow its distribution facility in Athlone, Co Westmeath, to meet demand in online business and internet shopping.

The express parcel carrier delivers 40,000 packages a night.

Brendan O’Neill, chief executive, said DPD’s business is almost like a bellwether of the Irish economy.

“It directly reflects Ireland’s changing economic environment,” he said.

“DPD’s customer base has become increasingly cost conscious – right across every sector. We’ve had to adapt quickly to that change. Through strong investment in research and development and technical innovation, we’ve improved efficiencies for DPD and for our customers.”

Founded in 1986 with 10 depots, DPD now boasts a network of 38 depots throughout Ireland, employing more than 600 people.

It has 350 vehicles on the road, carrying over 8 million parcels a year, and contributes more than 40 million euro to the Irish economy.

It expects to create more than 50 new positions over the next 18 months.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the new 50 jobs were a great boost for the region. “This is a company expanding through increased use of technology, R&D and innovation, and through the Action Plan for Jobs we will be seeking to encourage more businesses to follow this path. I congratulate all involved and wish them all the best for the future,” he added.

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13
Apr 12

Audi’s franchise drive to create 260 jobs

LUXURY CAR giant Audi is to create up to 260 jobs in Ireland as part of a redevelopment of its dealer network here.

The German firm, which said it recorded the “best quarter in its history” worldwide during the first quarter of this year, is to spend up to €80m as it builds new “terminal style” showrooms at its 10 dealerships across Ireland.

In addition, the project will create up to 800 construction jobs between now and 2013.

Most of the investment is being made by Audi‘s eight franchises here and Audi Ireland managing director Andrew Doyle said the investment reflected the confidence the company has in the long term health of the Irish economy.

“The idea behind the showroom is that if you walk into an Audi dealer in Dublin, you have the same experience as if you’d just walked into one in New York. It’s about building the consistent brand for the company across the board. Audi is betting on the economy here coming back sooner and quicker than most people think,” he said. The first terminal opened in Sligo and ones in north Dublin and Waterford are expected to open during the summer.

In an interview with the Irish Independent, Mr Doyle also criticised the registration plate system used here, and called for the current plate, which shows the year and county, to be replaced.

“The seasonality in the market here is just madness. Around two thirds of all cars sold are gone in the first quarter of the year and a lot of that seems to come from the registration plate and the fact anyone can see the year and county it has come from,” he said.

“In most other markets it’s a random plate and the premium attached to the plates here is strange. It’s kind of ridiculous that a piece of tin can dictate how much your car is worth.”

“In a perfect world, I’d say Ireland needs a random plate like most other markets. There are even issues with the 2013 plate next year.

“It sounds ridiculous, but there is a worry about how people will react to that. Would people want to have ’13′ on their car? People in the industry are worried about how that will go,” he added.

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21
Feb 12

Norbert Dentressangle opens new subsidiary in Ireland

Pursues a strategy to become the logistics partner of choice

Norbert Dentressangle has established a new subsidiary company in order to grow its business in Ireland. With existing operations in Dublin, Belfast and Co. Kildare, Norbert Dentressangle Logistics Ireland Ltd, will provide innovative, high added-value warehousing and distribution solutions across the Island of Ireland.

Currently employing 120 people, it is anticipated that the new company will create up to 20 additional jobs over the next 12 months.

Norbert Dentressangle already manages operations in Ireland on behalf of major companies including ADM Londis, La Palette Rouge, Mitsubishi and Tesco and has well-established Irish freight forwarding and transport services operations.

Norbert Dentressangle believes that this is an excellent time for it to reinforce its commitment to Ireland as the current economy is favourable for new entrants, allowing it to be extremely competitive in the market and deliver exceptional value to customers.

Whilst trading conditions remain tough, Norbert Dentressangle see excellent development potential as the economy returns to growth.

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20
Jan 12

Cork port exports up 19% since 2009

TRAFFIC through the port of Cork remained resilliant in 2011, according the company’s end of year statement.

Chairman of the Port of Cork Company, Mr Dermot O’mahoney today announced the end of year trade traffic results for the Port of Cork in 2011, saying

“Trade traffic has shown remarkable resilience recording 8.8 million tonnes despite experiencing challenging periods during 2011,” said the chairman of the Port of Cork Company, Mr Dermot O’mahoney.

These figures are on a par with 2010 figures at the Port of Cork.

Meanwhile, total exports at the port remained strong, increasing by 9% in comparison to 2010 and by 19% since 2009.

Although the growth in export volumes to pre–recession levels reflects the rapid ‘V’ shaped bounce back by the export sector, which was achieved despite the depressed international economic environment, import volumes are still 12.9% below 2007 levels.

The port company said the continued low volume of imports is inevitably putting huge strain on the ports, shipping lines and transport sector servicing the country.

The container business at Cork has shown an increase of 5% with over 150,000 TEU handled in 2011. Animal feed stuffs, fertiliser and other trades have shown a marginal decrease in 2011.

Oil traffic remained steady despite the lower levels of domestic economic activity; however, exports of refined product from Conoco Phillips Whitegate Oil Refinery remained strong and continues to be a significant part of the A FREE seminar, ‘Building a Business on Your Ideas’, takes place at Cork Institute of Technology on Thursday next, January 26.

The seminar, part of a series, is aimed at the ‘small business’ community, entrepreneurs and inventors. The seminar will focus on: – how business should be aware of and can exploit the value of intellectual property (patents, trade marks, designs and copyright) and

- the support structures that are available for small businesses and start-ups from the State and Europe.

Expert speakers from the private sector will include a patent attorney, a representative from a company named ‘Technology from Ideas’, a representative from the Industry, Research and Development Group, a local entrepreneur Port of Cork business.

“With 98% of all goods imported or exported from Ireland moved by ship, the importance of ports to our economy is of vital strategic importance,” said Mr O’mahoney.

“The Port of Cork is a key link to the continued economic success of Ireland and in particular the entire Munster region.

53 cruise vessels visited Cork in 2011 bringing over 100,000 passengers and crew to the region and the port is scheduled to accommodate 60 vessels in 2012.

According to research carried out by UK Consultants GP Wild, the average in-transit spend per passenger is €73€100 which provides a significant contribution towards the local tourism economy.

In 2011 the Port of Cork won first place for ‘Best Destination Experience (Organised)’ in the world and second place for ‘Best Port Welcome’ in the Dream World Cruise Destinations Awards.

Meanwhile, ferry passenger numbers with Brittany Ferries to Roscoff remained steady while the Port awaits the outcome of the examinership of Fastnet Lines and the re-commencement of the ferry service linking Cork with Swansea.

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18
Jan 12

Ryanair creates 1,000 new jobs

Ryanair has confirmed that it will create over 1,000 new jobs in 2012 for pilots, cabin crew, engineers and sales andmarketing people. as Ryanair’s fleet will grow from 270 to 305 aircraft.

While many of the new jobs will be taken up by Irish people, none will be based in Ireland. The company says a combination of high charges at the Government owned airports, and the Gov’s €3 travel tax, means that seat capacity and traffic at the DAA airports will continue to decline, while Ryanair grows rapidly with five more bases in Europe, where airports offer considerably lower fees and other EU governments do not tax visitors.

The new bases will be in Billund (Denmark), Wroclaw (Poland), Palma (Spain), Manchester (UK) and Paphos in Cyprus. Ryanair expects its traffic to grow from 76m passengers in 2011 to 80m in 2012.

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said: “While Ryanair has grown rapidly to become the No.1 airline in Spain, Italy, the UK and many other EU countries, we continue to reduce flights, traffic and job numbers here in Ireland, where the DAA monopoly airports are totally uncompetitive, and even Aer Lingus has described Dublin Airport’s fees as “insane”.

“Sadly the new Irish Government continues to follow the failed policy of its predecessor by supporting the DAA monopoly’s high and rising airport fees, and the crazy tourist tax which has seen traffic at the three Government owned DAA airports decline from 30m passengers in 2007, to just 22m in 2011.

“Ryanair believes that Ireland can return to strong traffic, tourism and jobs growth, but only when the new Government delivers on its promise to scrap the tourist tax, reduce the DAA’s high airport charges to competitive levels, to put Ireland back in the market as a low cost tourist destination, and end the failed policy of protecting the high cost, traffic declining DAA airport monopoly.”

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13
Jan 12

Ireland and Gulf draw closer through Tourism.

Traffic moves along O' Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland. Aidan Crawley / Bloomberg

With almost 4.5 million people, Ireland is by no means a population heavyweight. But if nations were judged solely on the size of their fan base on Facebook, the Republic of Ireland would be the world’s second-largest nation after Australia.

“We have just opened our Arabic Facebook site,” says Niall Gibbon, the chief executive of Tourism Ireland. “Social media is very important in this region [Middle East].”

Mr Gibbon recently accompanied Leo Varadkar, the Irish minister for transport, tourism and sport, on a trip to the UAE. It coincided with the Volvo Ocean Race and the launch of Emirates Airline’s direct service to Ireland.

Ireland’s most established markets are Britain, the US, France and Germany, but it has started to reach out to other regions such as Asia and the Middle East.

“The numbers coming into Ireland increased by about 7.5 per cent last year, which is a good result,” says Mr Varadkar.

“But the new and emerging markets [yielded] an 18 per cent increase, so even though it’s a small base, the increase is very big, so we see a lot of potential there for keeping it going,” he says.

Ireland had about 30,000 visitors from the Gulf last year and aims to increase the volume by 10 per cent annually by boosting its presence in this region. The UAE is chief among the countries it is targeting.

“Generally, it was decided that this is the centre of activity in the Gulf region,” says Mr Varadkar. “A lot of Arabs travel to Europe, and they travel to London in particular. Ireland is only an hour away and offers many of the attractions that people like to see in Europe.”

Four years ago, Ireland had no official office in the Emirates, and anyone wishing to fly to the republic had to route through another country. Today, Abu Dhabi is home to an Irish embassy and Tourism Ireland headquarters for the GCC area.

The UAE’s airlines now also offer 17 direct flights a week after last week’s launch of Emirates Airline’s new route.

“The flights are one thing, but what we are doing with Emirates and Etihad is joint marketing, getting Ireland into their brochures,” says Mr Varadkar.

As part of that, Etihad is offering 15 per cent off all return flights to Dublin, as well as other discounts and package deals.

UAE nationals need visas to enter Ireland, but Mr Varadkar says the government would be willing to waive the requirement – if Britain agreed. “An Irish person coming to the Emirates doesn’t need a visa [beforehand],” he says. “We don’t really see any reason why that shouldn’t be the case the other way. But whatever we do, we have to agree with Britain because we [have a common] travel area.”

And being the last stop on the Volvo Ocean Race, Ireland did not let the competition’s UAE stopover slip by without celebrating links between the two countries. Last weekend at Destination Village in Abu Dhabi, Mr Varadkar and other Irish delegates took part in an Irish day featuring food, dancing and a century-old Irish sailing boat. In exchange, six Arabian dhows will be sent to the city of Galway in Ireland for the race finish in July.

“The mayor came out [to Abu Dhabi] and there were a lot of people from the sailing community in Galway. To see their boat coming out here was a very proud [moment] for them. It got covered on national television back home,” Mr Gibbon says.

Tomorrow, the yachts are due to leave the capital for their next leg of the race.

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10
Jan 12

Emirates launches flights to Dublin

ReadDubai: Emirates launched its new Dublin route, the third new route to be added to Emirates’ route network in the opening days of 2012 as the airline forges forward with its global expansion.

After the launch of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and Buenos Aires in Argentina on 3rd January 2012, the Irish capital took its position as Emirates’ 118th destination, opening up a new efficient channel via Dubai to key markets such as Australia, India, Thailand, China and the Philippines.

Emirates will serve Dublin daily with an A330-200, providing First Class, Business Class and Economy Class travel. EK 0161 leaves Dubai at 0700hrs daily and arrives at Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 at 1130hrs. EK 0162 departs Dublin at 1255hrs and lands in Dubai at 0025hrs the next day.

On board today’s inaugural flight from Dubai were Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline; Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation; Ram Menen, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President-Cargo; Ciaran Madden, Ireland’s Ambassador to the UAE; Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport; Colm McLoughlin, Vice Chairman, Dubai Duty Free and Niall Gibbons, CEO Tourism Ireland.

“Today’s launch is a tremendous development for both Irish business and Irish tourism, said Tim Clark, President, Emirates. “We are now connecting Ireland not only to Dubai, but also to over 100 destinations throughout the world. Solid early bookings have demonstrated that the demand is there, opening up new markets for passengers and cargo to and from the Republic.”

“The inauguration of this new daily service between Dubai and Dublin is a huge boost for Irish tourism, business and aviation. With a daily direct service between Dubai and Ireland, trade, tourism and relations between the two countries and beyond will continue to grow,” said Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport. “It also considerably improves connectivity with India Australia and New Zealand, which should result in a further increase in tourism numbers from these countries.”

Ireland has a population of around 4.5 million. Around 5,000 Irish nationals live in the UAE and approximately 80,000 in Australia, which is a key market. More than 70 passengers on the 237-seat inaugural flight came from bookings in Australia.

Emirates has 70 flights per week to Australia, including an A380 service to Sydney, offering the popular Onboard Lounge, where passengers can meet and chat over a drink at 43,000 feet.

“Tourism Ireland and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), both of which fall under my remit, are working with Emirates to promote the route and Emirates Holidays has included Ireland in its holiday brochure for 2012,” added Varadkar.

Emirates Holidays, Emirates’ tour operating arm, will feature Dublin in its 2012 A World of Choice brochure. The annual brochure features over 100 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Indian Ocean, Asia, Australasia, Europe and the Americas, around the airline’s network. Nine hotels and resorts – including six Dublin City hotels and three resorts outside Dublin – will be included in the brochure, as well as additional properties available on request.

“We are delighted to welcome Emirates to Ireland, and I’m sure that this new daily service is merely the beginning of what promises to be a long and very successful partnership between Dublin Airport and Emirates,” commented Declan Collier, DAA Chief Executive Officer.

The airline has been on a major recruitment push in Ireland in recent months and already employs more than 250 Irish nationals in a variety of roles across the Emirates Group, including the First Officer on today’s Dubai-Dublin flight, Nigel Vivash.

As pharmaceuticals make up nearly a quarter of Ireland’s exports, they are expected to feature prominently in the cargo hold of passenger flights. Until now, Emirates SkyCargo has serviced Ireland via the UK.

Along with the new routes to Dublin, Rio and Buenos Aires, Emirates will start flights to Lusake and Harare on 1st February, Dallas from 2nd February, Seattle effective 1st March, and Ho Chi Minh from 4th June.

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27
Dec 11

Irish Exports at Record Levels. Great news to finish up 2011!

Exports are at record levels. This is according to the end of year statement by Enterprise Ireland, the Irish government’s agency with responsibility for exports. Great news to finish up 2011!

In the face of tough economic conditions, Irish companies have increased their exports and are confident that they can increase export sales in 2012. This renewed confidence will help significantly in targeting new opportunities in international markets.

Enterprise Ireland estimates that client companies’ export sales grew in 2011 and that the final export figures will exceed the pre-recession record levels of 2008. ‘New export sales’ in excess of €1 billion are expected to be recorded for 2011.

Throughout the year, Irish companies faced severe global economic conditions head on.  They have emerged leaner, stronger and with a greater appetite for international growth than ever before – something that World Trade Centre Dublin is extremely encouraged to see.

Not only are exports up but employment in client companies stabilised this year.  Total employment (full and part time) in Enterprise Ireland client companies stood at 162,692 in 2011.  Of these, 141,228 are full-time jobs – a similar number to last year while 21,464 are part-time jobs – a slight increase on last year.

The World economy is predicted to grow moderately in 2012 and this is important because it offers opportunities for Irish companies to increase exports which sustain and create employment in Ireland.

During 2011 Enterprise Ireland continued to focus its human and financial resources on driving exports, innovation and improving competitiveness.  A number of new initiatives were introduced in direct response to the demands of entrepreneurs and client companies including;

• Competitive Start Funds for very early stage entrepreneurs – €50k per start-up – 55 start-ups supported

• €10m International Fund for attracting entrepreneurs from overseas

• Graduates 4 International Growth programme saw 120 graduates placed with Irish companies all over the world.

• Leadership training for Chief Financial Officers

• Staff resources in key markets were re-aligned to maximise impact in key ‘first time export’ and High Growth Markets.

• Enterprise Ireland also opened its first office in South Africa

So what will be new in 2012? Enterprise Ireland plans to move rapidly in implementing the Government’s planned Jobs Strategy.  They will continue to focus on lean programmes to increase clients’ competitiveness; they will continue to increase numbers of High Potential Start Ups from within Ireland and from overseas and they have promised they will continue to help companies win business overseas in both established and high growth markets. Looking forward to it!

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