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Pilz Acquires Site For Expansion

Pilz Ireland, a subsidiary of the German based automation technology company Pilz, is planning to extend its facility in Cork.

Pilz had signed contracts with the Industrial Development Authority for the acquisition of the site bordering the existing Pilz Ireland facility in the Cork Business & Technology Park on Model Farm Road.

The company said that recruitment and general growth at the Pilz site has been constrained by the size of the current facility, and that the expansion will facilitate the recruitment of Software Engineers, Automation Engineers, Project Managers and Technical Sales Personnel.

A planning application will be made immediately in consultation with Cork City Council and local interests. This expansion is supported by the IDA, who acquired the site from the Department of Agriculture.

Pilz is an innovative automation technology company providing worldwide, customer-oriented solutions for all industries. The company has been operating in Ireland since 1998 and the Cork site is home to the Software Development Division and the Pilz International Services Group.

The Cork base also provides automation and safety engineering services in the Irish market.

Renate Pilz, president of the parent company, commented: “Investment is critical to secure the facilities to house local and international talent in Pilz Ireland. The ongoing success of the Pilz Group in developing cutting edge products and superior services is highly dependent on this investment.”

Tommy Fanning of the IDA said: “German Mittelstand companies are renowned for long term vision and stable organic growth, independent of financial markets and institutions.

“This model enabled Pilz Ireland to increase employment incrementally since starting operations in 1998 providing jobs in the high technology sector. We are pleased to be associated with and support the expansion of Pilz activities in Cork.”

Currently employing more than 1,800 staff members in 31 countries globally, Pilz is a leader in automation technology. From the head office in Germany, Pilz is continuously and consistently developing complete solutions for safety and control technology.

Products include sensor technology, electronic monitoring relays, automation solutions with motion control, safety relays, programmable safety and control systems and an operating and monitoring range. Safe bus systems, Ethernet systems and industrial wireless systems are also available for industrial networking.

In addition to products, Pilz provides a comprehensive range of consulting and engineering services - from plant assessment to risk assessment, through to system implementation and safety sign-off at the customer's premises. (August 2014)

From left: Ruth Furney (IDA), John
McAuliffe (Pilz), Tommy Fanning (IDA),
Renate Pilz (Pilz), Suzanne Kunschert (Pilz)
and Michelle Yewlett (IDA)

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