Friday, 19 May 2017

LIT & GTMA to host first ever joint UK-Ireland manufacturing technologies and engineering solutions road-show

Tool technologies trade association the GTMA, in association with Limerick Institute of Technology, will host Manufacturing Solutions Ireland 2017, the first ever manufacturing technologies and engineering solutions road-show outside of the UK, on Wednesday May 24, 2017.

The historic event to be held at LIT’s Moylish Park Campus is the largest roadshow the GTMA has embarked on in its 75 year history, as it brings together more than 80 manufacturing technology and engineering solution companies from both sides of the Irish Sea.

The event will be opened by the Minister of State for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen. Industry related talks and presentations will also take place on the day from guest speakers, including a talk on “Brexit Impact” by Deirdre McPartlin, Enterprise Ireland; Automation and Metrology Case Study by Chris O’Gorman, Skyler Medical and “Making Industry 4.0 Work for your company” by Industry Head, Siemens Ireland, Domhnall Carroll.

GTMA Chief Executive Officer Julia Moore said this joint UK-Ireland event is not only an opportunity to highlight engineering excellence but also a way to foster closer relations and profitable opportunities following Brexit.
“This is a landmark step forward for the GTMA following Brexit, and by bringing leading technology suppliers together, the GTMA and LIT are providing an ideal conduit for the transfer of technology from the specialist suppliers to the practical industrial landscape, where its take up and practical application can be used to gain a competitive business advantage,” said Ms Moore.

“It is also an opportunity for visitors to improve existing products and introduce new ones using the latest technologies and services,” she added.
LIT President, Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “This is a very significant conference coming at a time of huge change in manufacturing – both at technological and political levels. This region is central in the Irish manufacturing sector, and has been for much of the history of the state. The ability to adapt to change is vital, and LIT will play a leading role in ensuring that manufacturing in this region is at the cutting edge of contemporary thinking.”

Manufacturing Solutions Ireland 2017 is a focal point for manufacturing technologies and engineering solutions from over 80 of the most advanced providers of metrology, inspection, machine tools, work holding, cutting tools, robotics, automation and CAD/CAM/PLM manufacturing software and ancillary products and services.
Programme leader in Precision Engineering at LIT, Department of Mechanical and Automobile Engineering, Ciaran O’Loughlin, said, “This is a must attend event for every Irish manufacturing company, with unrivalled access to exhibiting businesses that can provide technical product information and support services that will improve efficiency and make productivity gains achievable.”

“Manufacturing Solutions Ireland 2017 will not only raise awareness of the relevance of engineering in the economy and aid the development of indigenous companies, it has the potential to open up relationships with UK suppliers and the supply chain,” he added.

Exhibition space for the event has been extended to accommodate the unprecedented number of companies applying to exhibit. Line up of exhibitors will include European and global leaders in manufacturing and solutions, alongside specialist companies throughout the supply chain and covering the full spread of engineering resources.

Manufacturing Solutions Ireland 2017 is also supported by PTMA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.