L-R: Paul Healy, Skillnet Ireland Chief Executive; Cllr. Paddy Hill, Cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council; Ken Mc Nevin, Managing Director of Robotics and Drives; Sharon McNevin, Financial Director, Robotics & Drives; Peter Burke, T.D. and Stephen Nolan, Director of Robotics and Drive.
A new state of the art robotics training centre was launched in Mullingar. Robotics and Drives, the promoting organisation for Cobotics Skillnet, developed the centre in response to the growing need for robotics and automation for manufacturing in Ireland. The centre will be the base for Cobotics Skillnet training in the future.
This new location will be the largest in the UK and Ireland and the first of its type in Ireland, there will be a fully dedicated state of the art robotics solutions creation centre. Robotics and Drives have invested in a custom 40000 square feet facility in Mullingar as well as an integrated Robotics training centre on the same campus.
Welcoming the assembly at the launch event Ken Mc Nevin, Managing Director of Robotics and Drives said, “We at Robotics and Drives are delighted to take the next step in growing our team and moving into this larger premises incorporating our new Cobotics, Robotics and Solutions training centre in Mullingar. It is the culmination of 15 years of work by our dedicated engineers and team, working with industry-leading clients and world-class partners. We are excited to be a part of this new era of growth for Robotics and Cobotics in Ireland and from Ireland, leading the way globally,” said Mc Nevin.
From the new state of the art solutions facility in Mullingar, Co Westmeath robots using Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligent, and other cutting edge technologies are created and sent to manufacturing plants globally.
Tom Kelly, Divisional Manager, Innovation & Competitiveness, Enterprise Ireland said “Robotic and Drive Services is a great example of an Irish company, connecting successfully on a global scale. I would like to congratulate them on their expansion and commend the global ambition of this indigenous company to compete at the highest level, supplying to some of the world’s largest MNC’s. Through its commitment and investment in innovation, the company is successfully positioning itself to become a global leader in automation solutions. Today’s announcement is very welcome news for the midlands region and Enterprise Ireland looks forward to continuing to work with the company in the future.”
Also speaking at the launch, Paul Healy, Chief Executive Skillnet Ireland said, “Cobotics and Robotics are set to play an increasingly important role in the economy across many sectors of industry. If we are to bridge the gap between where the workforce is now and where it needs to be, developing the right skills to work alongside robotics and automated technology in factories and other manufacturing environments in critical. The Cobotics Skillnet National Training programme and network provides a destination for industry to come together for the first time, helping to ensure that Ireland and Irish industry can gain a competitive edge in this innovative space.”
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