21 December 2017
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PennEngineering invests in Ireland

PennEngineering has increased its presence in Ireland with the development of a new 80,000² ft facility located in Galway on the west coast.

The move highlights PennEngineering’s commitment to its European customers and expanding its production capabilities.

The new facility will become the primary manufacturing site for all PEM clinch products sold in Europe. In addition to the existing onsite manufacturing facilities, the site has a Research and Development Centre and an Application Engineering Centre, offering full custom fastener and installation design and test capabilities. The new facility will make the Galway site a ‘centre-of-excellence’, focusing on developing innovative solutions for the European market.

PennEngineering’s new facility has been built to be a low-environment-impact facility. It incorporates the latest sustainability and ecological technologies, with sensor-controlled auto-dimming lighting throughout office and factory areas, waste oil and heat recovery systems.

Speaking at the official opening of the new facility, Minister of State, Sean Kyne said he was “particularly heartened to learn that the new facility has been built to the highest environmental considerations with the very latest sustainability and ecological technologies”.

Liam Foy, sales and marketing director, EMEA at PennEngineering, comments: “The new facility expands our capabilities for our customer base; they see our ability to serve them globally, but with a strong regional focus as a key benefit to their business. In the last 12 months, we have launched four new products and have moved our entire core product to ‘lead-free’. The fact our products are ‘Made in Europe’ ensures we are close to our customer supply chain.”

The expansion will bring the total footprint of PennEngineering operations in Galway to in excess of 200,000² ft, with 200 local people employed. It will support PennEngineering’s growing markets in Europe, ranging from industrial, electronics, medical, energy and aviation sectors, while new product innovations are being used to bring expansion in the automotive electronics, electrification and lightweight segments.

Mary Ann Fergus, managing director, EMEA at PennEngineering, concludes: “As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we continue to go from strength to strength, growing our company with strategic acquisitions and state-of-the-art new facilities, such as this one. The development of our Galway plant demonstrates our commitment to providing innovative fastening solutions to companies operating in Europe.”

Brian Wall

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