Trade Missions


17
Nov 13

Bruton Leads Investment Mission to India

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton is leading an investment mission to India today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish TimesMinister for Jobs and 42 firms on five-day visit to Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai.

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton will today begin five-day investment mission to India along with Enterprise Ireland and the IDA.

Some 42 Irish companies and higher education institutions will target sectors including technology, life sciences, financial services, engineering and education during the trip to Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai.

“Central to the Government’s plans for jobs and growth is driving an export-led recovery, and in the past two years we have seen a turnaround in employment in the exporting sectors of the economy,” Mr Bruton said.

“In the three years 2008-2010 Irish and multinational exporting companies lost more than 40,000 jobs, but since 2011 they have added well over 15,000 jobs.”

The Minister said each job added in companies in these sectors led to about one additional job elsewhere in the economy.

Key growth markets such as India were particular targets, he said.

This will be the 17th major trade and investment mission Mr Bruton has led in 32 months since the Government came into office in March 2011.

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23
Oct 13

Call for Mexican Companies to Invest in Ireland

President Michael D Higgins pictured with President Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City yesterday, on the second day of the President’s 12 day official visit to Mexico, El Salvador and Costa Rica. Mr Higgins told his Mexican counterpart that the two countries “can further boost trade and investment” between them. Photograph: Chris Bellew /Copyright Fennell Photography 2013President Michael D Higgins says there is scope for further trade and investment between Ireland and Mexico.

President Michael D Higgins urged Mexican companies to consider reciprocating investments by Irish companies in Mexico and join US, European and Asian companies by investing in Ireland.

Speaking at a business breakfast in Mexico City, Mr Higgins said that Irish companies had taken “a foothold in this important and vibrant market of Mexico” but that they could do more.

“Significant opportunities remain for Irish businesses in Mexico. We also believe that there is unexplored potential in Ireland for Mexican businesses,” he said at the Enterprise Ireland-hosted event.

“I very much hope that more Irish and Mexican companies take up the reciprocal opportunities that exist to achieve mutual benefit for both countries.”

The President said that he had spoken to his counterpart, Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, about how the two countries “can further boost trade and investment between Ireland and Mexico.”

Irish companies such as Glanbia, Kerry Group, Randox Laboratories and Irelandia Investments, the investment vehicle of the Ryan family, founders of low-cost airline Ryanair, have invested in Mexico, Ireland’s 19th largest trading partnership which represents more than € 1 billion worth of trade.

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9
Oct 13

20 Irish Companies Join Minister on Trade Mission to Russia

Twenty Irish companies from the aviation sector are joining Alan Kelly, TD, Minister of State for Commuter and Public Transport, on an Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Russia to leverage opportunities for Irish companies in that market.

The group, which left for Moscow yesterday, is aiming to reinforce the products and services the 20 companies offer Russian airlines and aviation buyers.

“Ireland already has in place a world-class aviation ecosystem, including a very active leasing infrastructure, MRO (maintenance, repair, overhaul), pilot training, software and IT, and financial and other services associated with the sector,” Kelly said.

“Our capacity to offer a turn-key solution for many of Russia’s leading airlines means that Ireland is now seen by the Russian aviation industry as a market leader.”

This trade mission is about building on this platform and helping Irish companies increase exports and create and maintain jobs in Ireland, Kelly added.

The aviation industry in Ireland is directly responsible for 26,000 jobs, with an estimated further 16,000 jobs supported in the aviation supply chain, Enterprise Ireland said. This sector also contributes €4.1bn to Ireland’s GDP (€1.9bn directly, with €2.2bn from the supply chain and associated spending).

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29
Jun 13

Irish entrepreneurs relish U.S. retreat.

      Home     Sections     Digital     Events     Classifieds     Contact  Irish entrepreneurs relish U.S. retreat. in News, News & Views / by Admin2 / on June 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm /  Competitive Edge By Maura Kelly It has been called “the ultimate mind meld for business leaders” by those involved.   For seven days in June, 110 Irish entrepreneurs had the opportunity to engage with top U.S. CEOs, economists, political advisors and change agents in Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, and New York, this while attending the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year CEO Retreat. 

All of the participants embarked on the supercharger retreat with one goal in mind – to return to Ireland reinvigorated and expand their businesses on a domestic and international level.  The journey for twenty-four of the CEOs started when their companies were short-listed for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) 2014 Award.   EOY is a global recognition program for entrepreneurs run in 140 cities in over 50 countries.   The Irish EOY program, now in its sixteenth year, was created to recognize talent and innovation across the island of Ireland and it includes finance, technology, agriculture and manufacturing sectors.  All of the finalists and seasoned entrepreneurs on the retreat have created new jobs and opportunities, both in Ireland’s tough economy and abroad.   I had a chance to meet and talk with several CEOs at the residence of Consul General Noel Kilkenny during the New York leg of the trip.  Fresh off the plane from South Bend, Indiana, the group was truly energized by the panoramic views of Manhattan and the Empire State Building from the Consul General’s 52nd floor residence.  ”The aim of this year’s CEO Retreat is to challenge and inspire Ireland’s entrepreneurs to think in new ways and unlock their success and strategy on a global level” explained Frank O’Keeffe, Partner-in-Charge of the EOY program.

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10
Jun 13

Alberta offers ‘significant opportunities’ for Irish companies.

Minister of State Joe Costello said the Canadian oil and gas industry offers Irish companies ‘compelling growth opportunities’ for Irish companies. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister of State Joe Costello said the Canadian oil and gas industry offers Irish companies ‘compelling growth opportunities’ for Irish companies. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fifteen Irish companies in the engineering, construction, technology and recruitment sectors will take part in the Enterprise Ireland trip to Alberta, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Ireland to Canada.

Canada has the third largest known oil reserves in the world and is currently the sixth largest global oil producer. It is expected to produce over five million barrels of oil per day by 2022.

To achieve these numbers over the next 10 years, owners will be investing significantly in capital projects, which “presents compelling growth opportunities for Irish companies who can provide a solutions-based approach to an area of need”, Mr Costello said.

“This trade mission is about helping Irish companies tap into this potential by building on existing trade links and opening new doors for collaborative business ventures.”

During the trip to Calgary and Edmonton, the Minister will hold a series of meetings with ministers of the Alberta government and senior officials on trade and economic cooperation, as well as business meetings with Irish companies and their Canadian partners and customers.

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15
May 13

EI trade mission begins in the Czech Republic and Poland.

John Perry A four-day Enterprise Ireland trade mission to the Czech Republic and Poland aimed at growing exports to Central and Eastern Europe begins this week.

The mission, which is being led by Minister for Small Business, John Perry, will see 25 innovative Irish companies travelling to the Czech and 37 on their way to Poland. Companies on the trade mission include high-growth start-ups and medium-sized Irish companies in sectors including ICT, high-tech manufacturing, construction and financial services.

The objective of the trade mission is to raise Ireland’s profile with key business and government contacts in the region. It will seek to promote the capabilities of Irish companies in the engineering, electronics and software sectors to multinational companies based in the two countries.

Over the course of the four days, 11 Irish companies are set to sign significant contracts with Czech and Polish companies. During the programme Minister Perry will attend 16 trade events, business meetings and corporate networking events in Prague and Warsaw.

“Poland and the Czech Republic are key target markets for Irish companies operating in the ICT, high-tech manufacturing, construction and financial services sectors,” he said. “As the economies in these markets continue to grow, so too do the opportunities for Irish companies to deepen their involvement in these markets and win new business.

“I am confident that through the intensive series of meetings planned for the next four days, we will help
to open doors and capitalise on opportunities for these innovative and ambitious companies, helping them grow their export sales and create and sustain jobs in Ireland.”

Exports of Irish-owned companies to the Czech Republic increased by 65pc over the past five years to nearly €50m in 2012, while total exports from Ireland to Czech Republic exceed €600m.

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5
Apr 13

25 Irish companies to take part in trade mission to Turkey

25 Irish companies to take part in trade mission to TurkeyTánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore TD is leading an Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Turkey from 8-11 April with the aim of increasing trade between the two countries.

Twenty five Irish software, engineering and internationally traded services companies are going on the trade mission.

The delegation will undertake a series of high level meetings with government Ministries in Ankara together with a number of business meetings, engagements and networking events in Istanbul.

According to Kevin Buckley, Enterprise Ireland manager for Turkey and Italy, the trade mission will serve as an important springboard for Irish companies wishing to expand their focus in the Turkish market and build on their regional footprint.

“Irish companies are a major investor in Turkey, with several thousand people employed by Irish companies in Turkey already,” he said.

“Bilateral trade between Ireland and Turkey is currently approaching €1bn. Indigenous Irish companies’ exports are nearly €50m, and the ambition is to triple this number in the next number of years.”

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2
Jul 12

€12.9m in agri-tech contracts signed by Irish firms in France

€12.9m in agri-tech contracts signed by Irish firms in France

€12.9m in agri-tech contracts signed by Irish firms in France

Minister Richard Bruton TD

Irish companies Dromone, Samco and Dairymaster have signed contracts worth a total of €12.9m with French partners during the Enterprise Ireland trade mission to France which kicked off on Saturday.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD is leading the trade mission. He said the contract wins demonstrated Ireland’s international reputation as a source of high quality products in the agri-technology sector.

Dromone, based in Oldcastle, Co Meath, designs, manufactures and markets safety critical coupling technology for the agriculture and construction markets. It has secured a €9.7 million contract with France’s largest exporter of agricultural products, AGCO Group, based in Beauvais, France.

Limerick-based Samco, an agricultural manufacturing company,  signed its first contract with a French coop Cavac to the value of €220,000, to be a sole distributor of Samco machines and degradable plastic film for the Vendée region in West France.

And Dairymaster from Tralee, Co Kerry signed an exclusive contract with Genes Diffusion which will deliver initial sales of €3m.

Also on the trade mission, Enterprise Ireland’s CEO Frank Ryan said:  “France is the third-largest export market for Irish-owned SMEs and with an impressive 14pc growth rate in 2011 it presents significant opportunities for increased trade and partnerships between Irish and French companies.

“Around 60pc of these Irish companies are focused on the agri-food industry, especially agricultural machinery and technology.”

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2
Jul 12

Bruton leads France trade mission

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton is leading 36 firms on a trade mission to France to build on the €10 billion of exports to the country.

The three-day venture is aimed at building on momentum which has seen business with France enjoy strong growth.

Mr Bruton said the trip, which will include business meetings across Paris and Brittany, was about opening new doors.

“Two-way trade between Ireland and France is currently running at record levels and there is a clear opportunity for further substantial growth over the next three years,” he said.

“France is now Ireland’s fourth largest export market and the third largest market for Irish-owned SME exports.”

Some of the Irish companies travelling to France have a particular focus in agri-technology and the cleantech sectors.

The Department of Enterprise said exports of Irish-owned companies to France have been experiencing strong growth – 14 per cent in 2011 – and total Irish exports to France are now worth 10 billion euro a year.

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