Engenuity Network Presents: New Tools & Technologies

A Networking Conference on the topic of New Tools and Technologies for engineering and manufacturing companies and industry stakeholders.

Featuring an array of high profile speakers, it will deliver a mix of case studies of best practice in the industry set in the real world environment, as well as practical supports that will help facilitate business and process improvement in SMEs, leading to optimised use of all available resources  -  fixed assets, software systems, people, technology, knowledge and financial.

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14:00-14:10 Registration at the Irish Manufacturing Centre

14:10-14:45 Tour of the Irish Manufacturing Centre & Presentation by Barry Kennedy, CEO

Irish Manufacturing Research is an independent Manufacturing and Industrial Energy Efficiency Research Organisation focused on delivering solutions to manufacturing.

The Engenuity event will give an opportunity to companies and other interested parties to tour the IMR Mullingar facility, where Barry will present on the opportunities for engagement, collaboration and networking with the IMR, such as involvement in research projects and interaction with its networks ICMR and i2e2.

15:00-15:20 Refreshment Break & Networking, Registration at the Mullingar Park Hotel

15:20-15:40 Paul Madden, MD Neueda Technologies Ireland

Paul is the MD of Neueda Technologies Ireland which is establishing a new operation in Athlone. He has worked with Ericsson for 22 years and was part of the leadership team in the Athlone operation. During that time, he spent 2 years on contract in Sweden and 2 years in Italy. He is also the chairman of a Learning Consortium of companies in North America & Europe exchanging best practices. He will speak about experience of continuous improvement + innovation of Neueda, Vistaprint & Ericsson.

15:40-16:00 Terri Treacy & Sinéad Kilcline, Tax, KPMG

KPMG in Ireland comprise 91 partners and over 2800 people based in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway, incorporating three lines of services: financial audit, tax & legal, and advisory. KPMG offer business tax and personal tax services to a wide range of clients, including multinational organisations, SMEs, private individuals and family businesses. Terri and Sinéad both work in the Galway Tax KPMG office and have extensive experience in advising indigenous Irish companies and large multi-national groups across a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, engineering, medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Terri and Sinéad will discuss various tax matters of interest and relevant to engineering and manufacturing SMEs.

16:00-16:20 Pat Beirne, CEO Mergon Group

Mergon is an Irish owned company with operations in Ireland, Czech Republic and USA. Established in 1981 Mergon works with leaders in the Automotive, Industrial and Healthcare sectors to design, manufacture and assemble components that make their products succeed in their chosen markets. Pat will speak about Mergon’s philosophy of innovation and continuous improvement and highlight some of the company’s key experiences and learnings in these areas.

16:20-16:40 Lorraine Danaher, Manager, Regional Skills Midlands

One of the key resources in every company are its people. Availability of relevant skills is therefore vital. As part of the Action Plan for Jobs strategy, a national network of Regional Skills Fora was established by the Department of Education and Skills. Objective is to provide a more systematic mechanism for employers and the education/training community to build the supply of skills to support job creation and growth. Lorraine will speak about participation & training opportunities in this area.

16:40-17:00 Closing Remarks & Networking

Target Audience:

The content of the event has been optimised for engineering and manufacturing SMEs in particular, with the networking element including other interested parties and stakeholder organisations (industry, business support organisation, reserachers and research institutions, chambers of commerce and others), however all interested parties are welcome to attend.

About the Organisers:

This is the 3rd in the series of Midlands Engineering Network events organised on behalf of Local Enterprise Offices in Westmeath, Longford, Laois and Offaly. The Network and the events form part of the Engenuity Programme, which is an integral part of effort to promote market-led innovation, stakeholder collaboration, best practice transfer and product and trade development among the Midlands Engineering Cluster. This was identified as a priority in the Action Plan for Jobs and is funded by the Competitive LEO Fund managed by Enterprise Ireland.