25 Jun 2024

Expanded support for Irish automation market

ABB expands support for Irish automation market with new robotics business office

ABB’s Robotics and Discrete Automation business has announced it is expanding its presence in Ireland with the opening of a new office in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Part of a new multi-million-dollar facility, the office will provide customers with access to sales, service, and support for a full range of automated technologies including ABB’s industrial and mobile robots and machine automation solutions from B&R, a member of the ABB Group.

“As the only company that can offer a complete portfolio of machine automation, robotics and mobile autonomous robot solutions, we are well placed to act as a single source partner to help companies of all sizes find ways to make their manufacturing processes smarter and more efficient,” said Nigel Platt, Local Business Unit Manager, Robotics, UK and Ireland. “The scalability and flexibility of our technologies means that there is something for every size of company and type of application, with solutions for novices and experts alike.”

“By further expanding our presence in Ireland, we will be able to better extend the opportunities that robots can bring by offering a full range of robotic and machine automation solutions plus all of the support that customers need to get the most from their installation.”

According to a 2021 report by Fortune Business Insights [1], the Irish market for industrial automation is set to grow at a rate of 10% between 2021 and 2028, from USD 1.33 billion to USD 2.9 billion, as companies look for ways to apply the latest technologies including robotics, artificial intelligence and augmented reality to help boost their productivity, flexibility and resilience.

Colin Dullaghan, B&R Regional Manager for Ireland said: “Expanding our presence in Ireland with a base for our sales, service and application teams and working alongside our colleagues in ABB Robotics gives us a great opportunity to develop new ways to support our customers.

“B&R’s solution-based technologies across the control and motion layers will play an important role in supporting Ireland’s core manufacturing strengths in food and beverage, packaging, and the Life Sciences sector. We are also keen to build on our recent success in supporting the implementation and deployment of mobile automation technologies for Irish manufacturers.”

ABB’s robots are already widely used throughout Ireland, with both standalone and cell-based units handling a wide range of applications in industries including pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, welding, and plastics production.

[1] – Fortune Business Insights (2021) – UK and Oreland Industrial Automation Market Size, Share and COVID-19 Impact Analysis – https://www.fortunebusinessinsights.com/uk-and-ireland-industrial-automation-market-105237

Company info: ABB GB