The opening of a €7.4m software development centre which will house 70 new jobs on Model Farm Road has been described as ‘a testament to the opportunities for growth in Cork’.
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney opened the facility for Pilz, a leading global automation technology company which is currently celebrating 20 years of having a presence in Ireland.
“It is fantastic to see a company such as Pilz committed to Cork, and taking their investment to the next level,” Mr Coveney said.
“The success of Pilz is a testament to the opportunities for growth in Cork and the surrounding region.”
Cork Chamber also welcomed the new development and the jobs announcement.
“I wish to congratulate Pilz on celebrating 20 years in business in Cork,” Conor Healy, Cork Chamber CEO, said.
“I am delighted to see Pilz marking this milestone by opening a new state-of-the-art software development centre and expanding with 70 new jobs to drive growth over the next two decades.”
The new three storey 2,500 sq m facility is located next to the existing Pilz Ireland building and doubles the capacity of the overall Pilz campus in the Cork Business and Technology Park on Model Farm Road, Cork.
John McAuliffe, Managing Director of Pilz Ireland and Vice President of Pilz International Services Group, said, “The cutting-edge technology in our new facility will allow the company to not only respond to the new challenges facing the global manufacturing industry but also to innovate and grow.”
With office space and new laboratory facilities, the Cork campus of connected facilities will now house three Pilz Group activities: Software Product Research and Development, International Services Group and the Global Account Management team.
Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, commented: “IDA Ireland has worked closely with Pilz over the last 20 years and I would like to sincerely congratulate the entire team on this milestone today. Pilz is a progressive, forward-looking company, and this state of the art new centre will futureproof the company as it develops its next generation intelligent software.”