May 19, 2017 | By Benedict

Around 40 new technology jobs, including positions related to additive manufacturing, are to open up in Dublin, where a €15 million advanced manufacturing center has just opened. Irish Manufacturing Research will create roles in robotics, mathematics, 3D printing, and other areas.

Collaborative research hubs are becoming ever more common in today’s technology-driven world, though at first glance it may seem counterintuitive to share resources and a working environment with a potential competitor. After all, many manufacturing projects need to be kept top secret if they are to become a serious financial success. Nonetheless, the advantages of using places like Dublin’s new Irish Manufacturing Research center tend to outweigh the disadvantages.

For a start, advanced manufacturing technology can be incredibly expensive. And while some companies have the resources to make big investments in the latest metal 3D printers and other high-tech machinery, most are better off simply “borrowing” the technology, using it only as and when they need it. Advanced manufacturing hubs offer this possibility, offering a centralized research hub where modern technologies can be exploited to their fullest with the help of experts in the field.

It is with this in mind that Enterprise-Ireland and the IDA Technology Centre program has poured around €15 million into the Irish Manufacturing Research center, which opened its doors today. Further finances are expected to be generated through private and public research funding.

According to those involved with the new advanced manufacturing center, the opening of the facility will signal the creation of around 40 research job opportunities in areas such as additive manufacturing, mathematics, robotics, system integration, and mechanical engineering.

These new employees will help over 100 manufacturers, both local and international, get to grips with the services on offer at the site.

The new Irish Manufacturing Research center has opened in Rathcoole, west Dublin.

“We are excited to announce the formal opening of our new research facility which is creating 40 new high-tech jobs over the coming months,” said Barry Kennedy, Chief Executive of Irish Manufacturing Research. “Since its inception, Irish Manufacturing Research has been committed to high-tech job growth and creation across the island whilst driving efforts, simultaneously, to secure Ireland’s future as the location of choice for world-leading advanced manufacturing industries.”

Kennedy went on to describe the new advanced manufacturing hub as “an environment where industry can showcase what a modern, technologically advanced, highly skilled, exciting workforce will look like both now and into the future.”

The opening of new additive manufacturing jobs will provide some solace to the Irish technology industry, following HP’s decision earlier this year to cut 500 jobs in the European country. The printing giant, which launched the HP Jet Fusion 3D printer last year, will be closing its site in Leixlip, a town in north-east County Kildare.



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