The Science Foundation Ireland has opened a new smart manufacturing research centre in Limerick.
The centre marks one of four research centres across the country, which launched in September 2017.
Between the Irish government and the industry, €114mn (US$134.4mn) worth of financing was invested into the centres.
The Confirm Centre is one of the nation’s largest research and development facilities, working towards Ireland’s manufacturing industry that contributes 24% to the country’s economic output.
The site will be led by the University of Limerick (UL) whilst being supported by 42 industry partners – from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to major businesses.
The facility aims to develop intelligence and enhanced information technology within the manufacturing sector, with outcomes such as shortened supply chains and new innovations.
“This truly is a game-changer for Irish manufacturing competitiveness,” commented Prof Conor McCarthy, Director of the Confirm Centre.
“The establishment of this SFI research centre will position Ireland to play a leading role in the global smart manufacturing revolution.”
“This innovation will enable consumer-driven mass customisation, where future Irish products will be tailored to individual needs and delivered directly to them just hours after placing orders.”
“Confirm will act as a beacon for international talent in the areas of advanced manufacturing, from robotics to artificial intelligence.”
“Ireland enjoys a highly skilled and highly motivated workforce in the manufacturing sector; this workforce is the envy of other nations.”
“Confirm builds upon this reputation and seeks to establish a world-leading centre for smart manufacturing.”