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Leading Industry Names

Ireland’s strong and vibrant engineering industry supports a broad range of companies across many industries. It includes names like Liebherr, Henkel, Element Six, Sulzer and Thermoking. The sector contributes more than €5.6 billion annually to Irish exports.

The top eight industrial automation companies
Four of the top 10 global engineering design firms

A Proven Track Record

Ireland has been attracting engineering companies for more than 50 years. Recently, many have expanded their operations to serve EMEA markets. Ireland is also developing into a hub for cutting-edge fields such as IoT, Industry 5.0, Connected Autonomous Vehicles and more.

250+ industrial technology and engineering companies in Ireland
23,000+ people employed in the engineering sector

Cutting-Edge Research

Ireland is an attractive location for researching new technologies, with 42% of engineering companies in Ireland already engaging in R&D activity. Ireland’s industry-led research centres specialise in areas like advanced materials, smart manufacturing and industrial automation.

Active R&D in emerging technologies
World-class research centres with strong industry focus

Strong Talent Pipeline

Engineering companies locating or expanding in Ireland can avail of skilled talent including recent graduates and staff already working in the sector. Ireland’s EU membership provides unrestricted access to a labour pool of more than 240 million people.

45,000 third-level students enrolled in STEM fields at any one time
Ireland ranks first in the world for productivity in industry (OECD)

Ready for Disruption

As Industry 5.0 trends reshape engineering and manufacturing, IDA Ireland client companies are already working on R&D projects in augmented reality, industrial IoT, robotics and automation to enhance and optimise their manufacturing operations.

Government support for feasibility investigations to digitisation projects
25% tax credit for all qualifying R&D activity

The IDA played a key role in introducing us to everyone in the community and ease the process. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome

Scott Herren
CFO, Autodesk

See What Sets Ireland Apart

Autodesk announces 200 new jobs at its new EMEA HQ in Dublin's Silicon Docks.
Success Story

The IDA played a key role in introducing us to everyone in the community and ease the process. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome

Scott Herren
CFO, Autodesk
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Amazon opening its new offices in Dublin
Success Story

There is an abundance of talent in Ireland which helped us to exceed our talent growth targets ahead of schedule. Ireland is a great place to do business, the country’s creative culture and diverse pool of technical skills make it an ideal location for our rapidly expanding business

Mike Beary
Ireland Country Manager, AWS
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Visual of the Dundalk plant before construction commenced.
Success Story

We are committed to Ireland and will work with all local partners to build this state-of-art next generation biomanufacturing facility as a showcase to the global biotech community

Dr Chris Chen
CEO, WuXi Biologics
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Success Story

Ireland has really become a place where a lot of Europeans want to work and we've been very lucky in attracting great talent from all over Europe that are now working in Dublin

Mikkel Svane
CEO, Zendesk
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Qualtrics announcing further job expansions.
Success Story

Ultimately, what you want is a geography where you can build an office that has broad market coverage. For a company going into Europe, Ireland has the lowest cost to set up a business, with a broad pool of talent from across the EU

Jared Smith
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Software leader relocates its EMEA HQ to Dublin
Cloud leader has invested $2billion+ in its Irish operations
Pioneering Asian company locates first overseas factory in Ireland
Zendesk Expands Team to 500 Staff in Ireland
Qualtrics Chooses Ireland for its Skills Base