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Cygnum to create 50 jobs and grow operations by 60% to tackle Irish housing and climate crisis

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Cygnum to create 50 jobs and grow operations by 60% to tackle Irish housing and climate crisis

Cygnum to create 50 jobs and grow operations by 60% to tackle Irish housing and climate crisis
June 03
09:48 2022
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Cygnum, one of the largest timber frame manufacturers in Ireland, has announced ambitious plans to increase its output to help meet the targets set out by the Housing for All strategy. The company, which designs, manufactures and installs timber frame houses, aims to increase its overall output by more than 60% over the next 2 to 3 years. This will lead to the creation of 50 new jobs following an investment of €7 million during the past 5 years.

Operating in Macroom since 1997, Cygnum currently produces 850 houses for the Irish market per annum. Following this investment, the company’s aim is to produce 1,350 homes each year. The market share of timber frame construction has grown exponentially in recent years, from 37% of developments in 2019, to 48% in 2021. According to Forest Industries Ireland (FII), rapid-build timber homes have the dual benefits of only needing three to five months to construct, whilst also saving 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions versus conventional builds.

“The demand for timber frame housing is growing steadily year-on-year,” said John Desmond, Managing Director at Cygnum. “Timber is the most environmentally friendly mainstream construction material, which means that the houses we manufacture are not only helping to tackle Ireland’s housing crisis, but also supporting the transition to a carbon neutral future. Over the last 5 years, we have invested €7 million at our site here in Macroom, which will ultimately lead to the creation of up to 50 new jobs.”

Tom Kelly, Divisional Manager, Industrial and Lifesciences at Enterprise Ireland, said: “Enterprise Ireland is very keen to support Irish companies as they scale and grow, and Cygnum is a fantastic example of this partnership. Enterprise Ireland recently launched the ‘Built To Innovate’ funding programme, an initiative under the Government’s Housing For All plan to improve productivity and reduce the cost of residential construction. Cygnum represents operational excellence in timber frame house manufacturing. It is participating in Enterprise Ireland’s productivity improvement programmes and its growth plans will see it well placed to help Ireland tackle the challenge of delivering new, environmentally and economically sustainable housing. I would like to wish John Desmond and his team the very best with their plans, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the years ahead.”

The Cygnum facility in Macroom is the most automated timber frame plant in Ireland and the UK, and currently produces five houses per day. The onsite team engineers and designs the structural timber frame walls, floors and roofs. The digital information is then transferred to the highly automated processing lines on the factory floor, before the finished product is loaded onto trucks for assembly on site.

Cygnum has featured prominently in RTÉ’s DIY SOS: The Big Build Ireland series over the last two years, supplying and installing buildings for families in challenging circumstances.

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Pictured L-R: John Desmond, Managing Director, Cygnum; Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD; Tom Kelly, Divisional Manager, Industrial and Lifesciences at Enterprise Ireland.

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