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PPMA’s flagship Show will go ahead in 2021

    PPMA’s flagship Show will go ahead in 2021

This year’s PPMA Show will go ahead at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 28-30 September 2021. This will be welcome news for show-goers and industry influencers alike within the

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Invest NI describes 2020/21 as a year of business resilience

    Invest NI describes 2020/21 as a year of business resilience

Invest Northern Ireland has released its end of year results, including the final outturn against its four year business strategy and an overview of additional business support fast-tracked due to

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UK businesses forecast record growth in employment

    UK businesses forecast record growth in employment

UK business optimism continued to strengthen midway through the year, as expectations of a strong recovery enabled firms to plan a record increase in staffing levels over the next 12

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Scottish private sector ends second quarter with further rapid expansion

    Scottish private sector ends second quarter with further rapid expansion

Scottish private sector firms registered another solid performance during June, according to the latest Royal Bank of Scotland PMI®, as looser COVID-19 restrictions continued to spur growth. The seasonally adjusted

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Cause for optimism as NI’s economic recovery gathers pace

    Cause for optimism as NI’s economic recovery gathers pace

Northern Ireland’s economic recovery strengthened during Q2 2021 with signs of confidence returning to both the manufacturing and services sectors, according to the most recent Quarterly Economic Survey from Northern

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UK retail food and grocery market to slow sharply

    UK retail food and grocery market to slow sharply

In its highly anticipated annual retail food and grocery channel forecasts, IGD, provider of foresight and analysis for the food and consumer goods industry, predicts that the unprecedented 8.5% growth in

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Carbon Group: A local company with a global presence

    Carbon Group: A local company with a global presence

Carbon Group is an Irish SME with a remarkable track record of successful supply into all of Ireland’s key Life Science, manufacturing as well as construction sectors. Carbon serves customers

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Electronic Shortages – June Update from Datalink Electronics

    Electronic Shortages – June Update from Datalink Electronics

As the rest of the world begins to return to “normal”, the electronics market is still reeling from the component shortages caused by the pandemic. Due mainly to factory closures,

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British Manufacturing growth forecast doubles to outpace economy overall

    British Manufacturing growth forecast doubles to outpace economy overall

Britain’s manufacturers are accelerating as growth prospects become significantly more positive for the rest of the year, according to a major survey published today by Make UK and business advisory

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130 jobs and £19 million PPE contract for Bangor firm, Denroy

    130 jobs and £19 million PPE contract for Bangor firm, Denroy

Denroy Group has announced the creation of 130 jobs and a £19.5millon PPE contract with HSCNI. The major new contract will see Denroy manufacture and supply FFP3 masks to Health

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Automotive and aerospace quality excellence being transferred to other manufacturing sectors

    Automotive and aerospace quality excellence being transferred to other manufacturing sectors

Manufacturers in the rail, marine, defence and household good sectors can now benefit from more than 25 years of automotive and aerospace quality excellence as G&P is undergoing a proactive

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New Make UK/HSBC UK guide to help companies take first steps into new markets

    New Make UK/HSBC UK guide to help companies take first steps into new markets

Manufactured goods accounted for over half of UK total exports at the end of 2019 bringing in £687 billion for UK plc, but many smaller companies are still missing out

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UK Manufacturing PMI surges to record high in May

    UK Manufacturing PMI surges to record high in May

Conditions in the manufacturing sector improved at an unprecedented rate in May, as output growth strengthened and new orders rose at the quickest pace in the near three decade survey

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Irish builders concerned at impact of increased cost of building materials on affordability of homes

    Irish builders concerned at impact of increased cost of building materials on affordability of homes

A survey carried out by the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA) of its membership has found that increased timber prices and supply chain issues, exacerbated by Covid-19 and Brexit, have

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UK Industry calls for targeted sectoral approach on Apprenticeship funding to support high value, high growth manufacturing jobs

    UK Industry calls for targeted sectoral approach on Apprenticeship funding to support high value, high growth manufacturing jobs

Britain’s manufacturers have called on Government to adopt a sectoral rethink on how levy money can be spent to boost essential skills in high growth industries like manufacturing and engineering.

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Pfizer to manufacture Covid-19 vaccine drug substance in Ireland

    Pfizer to manufacture Covid-19 vaccine drug substance in Ireland

Pfizer is to manufacture a Covid-19 vaccine drug substance at its Grange Castle facility in Dublin. Pfizer plans to invest some $40 million in the expansion of the Grange Castle

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New Digital Transformation Programme to support over 1000 businesses across Northern Ireland

    New Digital Transformation Programme to support over 1000 businesses across Northern Ireland

Businesses across Northern Ireland will be able to enhance their productivity and digital capabilities through a new Digital Transformation Programme. The Digital Transformation Programme is designed to support over 1000

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Irish CEOs embrace transformation and new business models ahead of global counterparts

    Irish CEOs embrace transformation and new business models ahead of global counterparts

Irish CEOs are leading the charge globally when it comes to continued investment in transformation programmes, according to the latest global EY CEO Imperative Study 2021, with 81 per cent saying they plan

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Discount Channel to Add €34 Billion to European Grocery Retail Market

    Discount Channel to Add €34 Billion to European Grocery Retail Market

The discount channel accounts for 43% of retail growth across Europe and will add €34 billion in sales from 2020 to 2022, according to new research from IGD – insight

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Irish Construction could fall short of meeting demands even when it fully opens

    Irish Construction could fall short of meeting demands even when it fully opens

As lockdown ends, and building is finally allowed to recommence, Irish construction may not be ready to meet the pent up demands it has to meet. This is one of

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75% of Irish food SMEs expect revenue growth in the year ahead

    75% of Irish food SMEs expect revenue growth in the year ahead

Irish food SMEs are optimistic about their growth prospects, according to new research by Love Irish Food and PwC, which found that 75% of companies operating in the sector are anticipating

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Made Smarter virtual factory tours to accelerate digital adoption

    Made Smarter virtual factory tours to accelerate digital adoption

Made Smarter’s technology adoption programme is deploying smart glasses to SME manufacturers to virtually fast track their digital adoption strategies and navigate Covid-19 restrictions. The wearable device enables technology specialists

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Confidence around turnover and profitability is improving for both Northern Ireland manufacturing and service sectors

    Confidence around turnover and profitability is improving for both Northern Ireland manufacturing and service sectors

53% of Northern Ireland’s manufacturers are expecting to raise prices over the next quarter, the highest share recorded since the time of the financial crash.  According to results from the

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COVID-19 lockdown leads to further decline in Irish construction activity, but confidence reaches two-and-a-half year high

    COVID-19 lockdown leads to further decline in Irish construction activity, but confidence reaches two-and-a-half year high

The Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – posted 30.9

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Largest-ever FMS Installation Helps Validair Achieve Special TSI Award Status

    Largest-ever FMS Installation Helps Validair Achieve Special TSI Award Status

Notable among Validair’s business successes in 2020 is the largest Environmental Monitoring System installation in the history of TSI Inc.,

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Ireland’s Top 25 Most Valuable Brands lose nearly €3 billion worth of brand value amid pandemic woes

    Ireland’s Top 25 Most Valuable Brands lose nearly €3 billion worth of brand value amid pandemic woes

Ireland has recorded mixed fortunes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with the lowest rates per capita in Europe in mid-December 2020,

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Global demand for UK technology drives recovery in February

    Global demand for UK technology drives recovery in February

The number of UK sectors reporting output growth doubled in February, led by a strong performance from technology equipment manufacturers,

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Consumer product companies and retailers plan to overhaul their supply chain strategies in next three years

    Consumer product companies and retailers plan to overhaul their supply chain strategies in next three years

A new report from the Capgemini Research Institute examining the impact of the past year’s disruption on consumer products and retail (CP&R)

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British industry begins to move through the gears as recovery takes hold

    British industry begins to move through the gears as recovery takes hold

Britain’s manufacturers are beginning to move through the gears as growth prospects become more positive for the rest of the

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British Robotics Business leads the way in innovation

    British Robotics Business leads the way in innovation

A robotics company that created robots for social events has re-imagined its invention to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Service

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Automation driving the future of manufacturing

    Automation driving the future of manufacturing

In a global survey1 of 1650 large and small businesses in Europe, the US and China, 84 percent of businesses

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New support to help NI businesses improve supply chain resilience

    New support to help NI businesses improve supply chain resilience

Invest Northern Ireland has developed a new programme to help NI businesses improve their supply chains following the impact of

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Hanbury Autogil builds fastest PPE machine during covid-19 fight

    Hanbury Autogil builds fastest PPE machine during covid-19 fight

Top engineering firm Hanbury-Autogil has joined forces with packaging giants PFF to create protective equipment on a mammoth scale. With

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Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse rises in February

    Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse rises in February

The Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse came in at 68.6 in February 2021. The index, which combines the results of

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UK’s economic recovery falls behind the global benchmark in January

    UK’s economic recovery falls behind the global benchmark in January

The pace of the UK’s economic recovery fell behind the global benchmark in January, as the vaccine rollout drove the

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NI Chamber coronavirus survey – Extension of business support mechanisms critical

    NI Chamber coronavirus survey – Extension of business support mechanisms critical

Results from the latest Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) survey on the impact of Coronavirus confirm

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Digital savvy companies stay relevant to customers in post-pandemic era

    Digital savvy companies stay relevant to customers in post-pandemic era

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a paradigm shift towards digitization was already underway across the sectors. However, the pandemic has

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Record Irish goods exports of €160.8 billion for 2020

    Record Irish goods exports of €160.8 billion for 2020

The latest Goods Exports and Imports statistics show that the value of goods exports from Ireland rose to €160.8 billion

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Irish shoppers balance new year health kicks with beating lockdown blues

    Irish shoppers balance new year health kicks with beating lockdown blues

The latest figures from Kantar show that take-home grocery sales in Ireland grew by 16.4% in the 12 weeks to 24 January

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Actavo selected to support delivery of Covid-19 testing facilities

    Actavo selected to support delivery of Covid-19 testing facilities

Actavo Event Solutions, the events division of Actavo, has been contracted by RocDoc as its infrastructure partner for the construction

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Lidl Ireland announces 1,200 new roles

    Lidl Ireland announces 1,200 new roles

Lidl Ireland is to recruit more than 1,200 new employees to its Irish operations this year in a variety of

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Diageo Shows Resilience

    Diageo Shows Resilience

Diageo has reported a 4.5% decline in net sales to £6.9 billion for the first half ended 31 December 2020,

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UK Manufacturers outperform other sectors

    UK Manufacturers outperform other sectors

Manufacturers helped push the UK’s economic recovery ahead of the global benchmark in December, according to the latest Lloyds Bank

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Tough trading conditions hit confidence and investment hard in Northern Ireland

    Tough trading conditions hit confidence and investment hard in Northern Ireland

The latest Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) published by Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) and BDO shows

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Irish economy to grow by 3.4% in 2020

    Irish economy to grow by 3.4% in 2020

The latest Commentary by the ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute) highlights a significant recovery in the Irish economy in

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Irish food and agribusinesses turn to automation to help solve manufacturing challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and get ready for Brexit

    Irish food and agribusinesses turn to automation to help solve manufacturing challenges, mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and get ready for Brexit

Ifac, Ireland’s farming, food and agribusiness professional services firm, and Reliance Automation have joined forces to support Irish food businesses

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Mettler-Toledo adds Augmented Reality Customer Support to raise the bar on product inspection uptime

    Mettler-Toledo adds Augmented Reality Customer Support to raise the bar on product inspection uptime

 Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection is leading the way for product inspection manufacturers with the inclusion of remote Augmented Reality (AR) Customer Support. The

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Resilient FY20 Performance by Greencore

    Resilient FY20 Performance by Greencore

Greencore Group, a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK, has reported a 12.5% fall in revenue to £1.265

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Pace of UK economic recovery slows in October amid further lockdown measures

    Pace of UK economic recovery slows in October amid further lockdown measures

In October, the pace of the UK’s economic recovery from coronavirus fell behind the global benchmark for the first time

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Watson-Marlow announces new facility in Cork in further Covid-19 boost to region’s biopharma industry

    Watson-Marlow announces new facility in Cork in further Covid-19 boost to region’s biopharma industry

Fluid-tech developer Watson-Marlow Limited has announced plans for a new state-of-the-art cleanroom facility in Cork in another boost for the

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Inaugural Virtual BioProcessing Conference December 2020

    Inaugural Virtual BioProcessing Conference December 2020

With a global pandemic focusing international scrutiny on the efficacy of the biopharmaceutical sector, Ireland is in a unique position

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PTC and Rockwell Automation Extend Strategic Alliance

    PTC and Rockwell Automation Extend Strategic Alliance

Having already helped almost 250 new customers around the world to achieve their digital transformation goals, PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) and Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) announced today

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Irish companies unite to ramp up production of Covid-19 testing kits and PPE

    Irish companies unite to ramp up production of Covid-19 testing kits and PPE

Two Irish companies — SL Controls and SteriPack — are working together to bring swab testing kits for Covid-19 to

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Scottish Food and Drink Industry sends open letter to British Prime Minister

    Scottish Food and Drink Industry sends open letter to British Prime Minister

Leaders in Scotland’s food and drink industry have written an open letter to the Prime Minister urging him and the

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C&C Group Iimpacted by COVID-19 as it reports interim loss

    C&C Group Iimpacted by COVID-19 as it reports interim loss

C&C Group, the vertically integrated premium drinks company which manufactures, markets and distributes branded beer, cider, wine, spirits and soft

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Manufacturing & Supply Chain Online 365 Exhibition – Launching on 1st November

    Manufacturing & Supply Chain Online 365 Exhibition – Launching on 1st November

The Manufacturing & Supply Chain 365 Online Exhibition, which will officially open on November 1st, 2020, has been created for

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Pfizer to seek emergency US approval for Covid-19 vaccine in November

    Pfizer to seek emergency US approval for Covid-19 vaccine in November

Pfizer, the drugs maker company with two bases in Cork, will apply for emergency US approval of the Covid-19 vaccine

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Shortlisted entries for this year’s Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards

    Shortlisted entries for this year’s Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards

Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) has released the 9 shortlisted entries for this year’s Impact Awards with the winners to be

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