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Tipperary Automation Company Wins at 2019 IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards

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Tipperary Automation Company Wins at 2019 IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards

Tipperary Automation Company Wins at 2019 IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards
January 25
09:26 2019
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Horan Automation and Consulting has been crowned the Best Micro Manufacturing Company winner at this year’s IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards. Horan Automation & Consulting was recognised as a heavy hitter in the industry despite only having six employees and being based in rural Tipperary.

The company designs, manufactures and integrates customised industrial automation and robotics. In 2018, Horan announced a joint partnership with Chinese Kuka partner ‘Boxline’ to allow the Irish company to export CE marked automated solutions into Europe and Saudi Arabia.

Speaking about the company’s win, Commercial Director Emma Lacy said: “It’s a wonderful honour to be recognised within the industry and among manufacturing companies such as Boston Scientific and Pfizer. The beautiful award represents how far we have come and the talent we are lucky to have in our organisation.”

Competition was fierce this year with hundreds of entries applying across 15 categories. Other winners included Java Republic, which won Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year for boasting the world’s first purpose-built carbon-neutral roastery in the world. In addition to this, Intel was awarded ICT Manufacturing Team of the Year while Kerrygold Park won Food Manufacturing Team of the Year

Horan Automation is going from strength to strength and as a result of its expansion, the company expects to hire design engineers, service engineers and sales and marketing staff in the coming year.  The business is currently a finalist in the prestigious SFA business awards, which will take place on 7th March. Horan Automation is now actively embarking on an export journey with the help of Enterprise Ireland, its Chinese partner and the company’s robot partner Kuka. To find out more about Horan Automation, visit


Pictured at the awards ceremony were (left to right): Brian Cooney, General Manager of Kuka Ireland; Emma Lacy, Commercial Director of Horan Automation and Consulting; and Gerry Horan, owner and MD of Horan Automation and Consulting.

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