21st November 2018
Minister Humphreys launches inaugural Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019
DUBLIN, IRELAND- Manufacturing excellence, teamwork and professionalism are set to be celebrated and acknowledged at the upcoming IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019. The event which was officially launched in Dublin earlier today will showcase exceptional achievement, teamwork and innovation in Irish manufacturing industry. Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) is an independent not-for-profit Research Organisation, funded under the Enterprise Ireland/IDA Technology Centres programme, to provide applied research solutions and advanced manufacturing expertise, technology transfer and training to the manufacturing sector in Ireland.
The Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards 2019, which will be presented in association with Irish Manufacturing Research, was launched by Heather Humphreys TD Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Gearóid Mooney, Director of Research and Innovation, Enterprise Ireland in Dublin today (21st November 2018).
The awards are unique in recognising not only the achievements of Irish manufacturing companies and but also of collaborating teams within them.
The 2019 awards will take place at a VIP award ceremony at The Citywest Hotel on the 17th of January 2019. With 15 categories covering Ireland’s key industry sectors and 6 of those based on teams, judges are calling on small, medium and large manufacturers to submit their entries as soon as possible.
Categories for the 2019 event include:
- Small, medium and large manufacturing company
- Agritech Manufacturing Company of the Year
- Smart factory manufacturer of the year
- Pharma manufacturing team of the year
- Engineering manufacturing team of the year
- Supply chain manufacturing partner
- ICT manufacturing team of the year
- Industry research partner of the year
- Medtech manufacturing team of the year
Innovative thinking, collaborative teamwork and operational excellence will play a large part in the decision-making process for judges. Those on the panel include; Eoin O’Driscoll, Chairman of Tyndall Institute; Barry Kennedy, Chief Executive of IMR; Caroline Spillane, Director General Engineers Ireland; Bob Barbour, Chief Executive Competitiveness Centre; Professor Eamon Murphy, University of Limerick; Dr Christopher Keely, Trinity College Dublin and John Whelan, Chairman of Premier Publishing and Events.
Speaking at the launch of the Awards, Minister Humphreys said: “Since its inception with the support of the Government, through Enterprise Ireland, Irish Manufacturing Research has been committed to high-tech job creation across the island whilst simultaneously driving efforts to secure Ireland’s future as the location-of-choice for advanced manufacturing industries. The IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards provide a platform to showcase and celebrate Irish manufacturers, leading edge research, and strong collaboration with academic researchers in the field. The Awards aim to further promote the manufacturing and supply chain industries further leveraging Ireland’s strong international reputation in the sector.”
John Whelan, Chairman of Premier Publishing and Events said: ‘’Premier Publishing and Events are proud to collaborate with Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) to showcase the very best in innovation and technology in the manufacturing sector across the island of Ireland. The Manufacturing and Supply Chain awards 2019 are the first awards programme to exclusively focus on the manufacturing sector, bring the tremendous achievements of manufacturing companies and their supply chains into the spotlight and highlighting the performance of the outstanding teams driving their success.”
Micheal Cassidy, Chief Technology Officer of Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) added:“IMR’s mission is to support Irish manufacturers in becoming leaders in next generation manufacturing and global competitiveness by adopting advanced manufacturing capabilities. We are delighted to recognise the exceptional standard of manufacturing teams in Ireland who ensure manufacturing remains a key driver of our economy through exceptional teamwork, innovation and world-class delivery.”