January 2017 Business Briefing

takes place on Wednesday January 25th 2017 starting at 6.30pm (sharp) at The Irish Whiskey Academy,  The Old Midleton Distillery, Distillery Walk, Midleton, Co. Cork

Continuing our theme of Cost Reduction, Reinvention and Innovation our January briefing reviews a business, which is outside our industry sector.

We are delighted Mr Paul Wickham, General Manger of Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Middleton Distillery graciously accepted our request to speak to CEIA members.


Paul, will share with us “The Irish Distillers Story”

  Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys.

Led by Jameson, its brands are driving the global renaissance of Irish whiskey. Jameson is the world’s fastest-growing Irish whiskey, experiencing 27 years of consecutive growth and hitting sales of 5.7m cases in 2016. Our brands are exported to 130+ markets, with over 60 of those experiencing double- or triple-digit growth.

Irish Distillers was formed in 1966, when a merger took place between John Powers & Son, John Jameson & Son and Cork Distilleries Company. In 1988 Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network.

In 2015, we completed a €220m investment which doubled our production and bottling capacity to meet global demand for our products. Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard employs over 600 people across their operations in Cork and Dublin

Paul’s presentation will cover the story of Irish Distillers in Midleton from 1825 to date and will focus on key topics including Continuous Improvement & Innovation.

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

The CEIA would like to thank Paul and the team in Midleton Distillery for taking the time to talk with us and generously agreeing to host this event on site.

Please contact info@ceia.ie if you and/or others from your organisation would like to attend.

For more details on the location please visit the following web page:


Park in the Jameson Experience Visitor Centre Car park and personnel will guide you to the Irish Whiskey Academy building.

SySTEM App-development competition – Winners announced

30Nov16   Glanmire Community College announced as winners of the inaugral CEIA App-development competition.


Teams of Transition Year students from schools across Cork presented their Apps to judges as part of the final of the CEIA’s App development programme – SySTEM. Based on the logic of George Boole, SySTEM required teams of students to develop an App for a game incorporating the true and false values of Boolean logic. Following careful deliberation, the CEIA – Cork’s technology network – today (Thursday) announced Glanmire Community College from as overall winner for their app ‘Are you codding me?’.

The App created by Glanmire Community College, ‘Are You Codding Me?’, is an educational reflex game that teaches the user about the dangers of overfishing in Ireland. The game has 5 different fish species that resemble endangered fish in Ireland. If the user catches an endangered fish, they receive a negative score – but if they catch a common fish they receive a positive score.

Colasite an Chraiobhin, Fermoy took home an award for best functionality for their App ‘SkyClimb’, while Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carraig Na Bhfear ‘PebbleBlast’ won best marketing plan. Students from St Brogans College in Bandon took home the award for best design for their App ‘Paddy’s Panic Run’.

CEIA provided training workshops for participating teachers and students over the course of the programme on Programming, Design, project management and presentation skills, as well as individual team mentors from companies including Johnson Controls, CIX, Horner APG, Cork Training Centre, CIT Boston Scientific and Tyndall National Institute. Each industry mentor provided their team with support and industry knowledge from the beginning of the App development programme, right up to the competition final.

“This is the first year of the programme so we are absolutely thrilled with the level of interest we have had from schools and teachers – but also from industry. We would like to sincerely thank our incredible industry mentors for devoting their time and energy to the programme over the past 12 weeks. We would also like to thank our judges – Brian English, Head of Software Development, Robiac Technologies; Michelle Donovan, Chief Operations Officer at Voxtake; Harry Moran, 17-year old tech entrepreneur and Dr Hugh Smiddy, Head of Business Development at Tyndall National Institute, for their time and dedication to the programme,” said Valerie Cowman, Skills and Education Chair of the CEIA.

“Coding has never been so important and we think that SySTEM is a fantastic and innovative way of showcasing IT, STEM and engineering as exciting and interesting career options to the next generation. Due to the phenomenal success of the programme, we hope to expand it even further next year to include even more schools,” she added.

November 2016 Business Briefing

DePuy Synthes, Loughbeg, Ringaskiddy, is the location for our November 2016 Business Briefing on Tuesday Nov 22nd – 6.30pm (sharp)

Our speaker for the evening is


Joe Healy, Business Transformation Manager

Joe’s presentation will cover the Transformation Journey of the Cork site between 2007 to today and is titled:



‘Embracing Change’

DePuy Synthes Transformation Journey in Cork

DePuy Synthes is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s largest and most diverse healthcare corporations.

It offers a broad portfolio of orthopaedic and neuro products for joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, sports medicine, neurological, craniomaxillofacial, power tools and biomaterials.

The DePuy Synthes (Ireland) plant, in Cork, is part of the Joint Reconstruction business. Established in 1997 it is now one of the larger manufacturing sites within the DePuy Synthes network. The site hip, knee & shoulder replacements and has approx. 1700 SKU’s (Stock Keeping Unit) manufactured at the facility.

Joe has worldwide responsibility for Operational Excellence & Business Transformation for the Joint Reconstruction manufacturing facilities in the US, Europe & China.

DePuy Synthes’s aspiration is to become the best supply chain in the world. To fulfill this aspiration it is Joe’s remit to plan and lead the implementation of the business transformation & Lean programs across the DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction Manufacturing sites worldwide.

The site adopted the Shingo Model in 2012 and has seen large improvements as a result of embedding the principles outlined in the approach and was awarded the Shingo Prize in 2014.

After the presentation, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

The CEIA would like to thank Joe and the team at DePuy Synthes for affording the time to talk with us and for hosting the event on site.

Contact us at info@ceia.ie to register attendance

October 2016 Business Briefing

Sanmina, Rathealy Rd, Fermoy, is the location for our October 2016 business briefing on Tues Oct 11th 2016 starting at 6.30pm (sharp)



Sean Moran,

Vice-President Operations & General Manager, Sanmina Ire.


 will share with us  “The Sanmina​ Story – 27 years in Cork”  

The facility in Fermoy is a state-of-the-art environment for manufacturing medical​, industrial, communications products​ and other high-quality devices. It is ​certified to ISO 13485:2003 for the manufacture of high-quality PCBAs, sub-assemblies and complete devices up to and including Class III medical devices.

Sanmina Fermoy is FDA registered and audited with 27 years​ manufacturing​ industry experience and provides a comprehensive suite of product services with an extensive offering of integrated manufacturing solutions for the entire product life cycle:                New Product Introduction (NPI), Prototyping, Process development and ​validation, ​& complex volume manufacturing & test, shipping and repair.​

Manufacturing for demanding regulatory markets requires ​precision and the highest quality standards. ​​Among ​Sanmina Fermoy’s key​ specializations​ are high volume ​manufacturing automation and process development for complex products.

The facility has a track record of 27 years of outstanding operational performance and customer service, backed by a highly experienced workforce.

Sean will share the story of Sanmina in Fermoy and the challenges/successes it has achieved on its path through

“Re-invention, Continuous Improvement and Innovation”.

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

The CEIA would like to thank Sean and his team for taking the time to talk with us and generously agreeing to host this event at his facility in Fermoy.

Email info@ceia.ie if you or others from your organisation can attend

If you plan to attend on the 11th Oct and are travelling on the M8 from Cork city take Exit 14, then take the next 3 left turns. Following this route you will arrive at the plant and avoid getting delayed in the Fermoy town traffic. Note: Exit 14 is not the first exit  on the M8 for Fermoy.

 Map location: Sanmina, Fermoy

Sept 2016 Breakfast Briefing

For 32 years the CEIA has been “An active and intimate network for senior business leaders in the Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Technology arena in the Cork area”

The association remains a unique alliance, providing a formal, organised and trusted platform for its members who have the opportunity to make new business contacts, address common issues, liaise with higher education institutions on industry training and graduate profiles required to ensure the sustained growth and competitiveness for its member organisations.To develop on these strengths, which are unique in the Cork area and want to engage you and your business in the most effective method of networking possible.

To this aim we are holding a

Breakfast Briefing on

15th September @ 7:30am

CETB, Rossa Ave. (Map Ref: CETB).

This business Briefing will announce the planned CEIA 2016/’17 activities, which will be based on a theme: ‘Reinvention, Continuous Improvement and Innovation’.  

Presentations will include

  • An overview on Innovation,
  • Organistion Technologies from our newer members,
  • CEIA STEM activities, (which could be offered as a service to fulfill an organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program).

E-mail  info@ceia.ie to confirm your attendance.

The only cost to attend will be your time which we hope you will eagerly provide on the day.

Ireland 3rd place in 2016 EU CanSat competition

Congratulations to the Irish CanSat team – ConfeyCan – from Confey College Kildare, who were placed 3rd in the 2016 EU CanSat competition in Portugal on 25th June. With CanSat teams from 14 countries across Europe competing, the competition was very tough and the ConfeyCan team’s performance was beaten by the German CanSat team (2nd place) and the Portugese CanSat team (1st place). Photos and videos of the 3-day competition are available at: https://www.facebook.com/cansatsineurope/

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June 2016 Business Briefing

Flex, Dublin Hill, Cork, Thursday June 30th @ 6:45pm

is the location for our June 2016 Business Briefing


We are privileged to have


Micheal Martin

Mr Micheál Martin, T.D., Uachtarán Fhianna Fáil and Spokesperson on Northern Ireland 



attend an informal ’round table’ discussion with CEIA members.

Places have been kept to a minimum to facilitate participation & interaction.

We are extremely grateful to Jerry Fitzpatrick and his team who are providing the use of the Flex facilities for this event.


To assist networking a small buffet will be served afterward

Contact info@ceia.ie for further information.

April 2016 Business Briefing

TYCO, One Albert Quay, Cork, Wed. April 27th at 6.30pm (sharp), is the location for our April 2016 Business Briefing

 We are delighted to have:

Donal Sullivan, TycoDonal Sullivan,

Vice-President and General Manager, Tyco Ireland, Tyco International plc.

present on   “Growing a Global Business Services Centre in Cork” 

Donal is the Vice-President and General Manager of Tyco Ireland. He began his career as an engineer and has extensive experience working with multi-national brands, including Apple, Flextronics and now Tyco.

He has been with Tyco for 13 years and currently leads the company’s Global Business Services Centre at its global headquarters in Cork.

Tyco is the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company. With a $10 billion in annual revenue Tyco provides more than three million customers around the globe with the latest fire protection and security products and services. Tyco has over 57,000 employees in more than 900 locations across 50 countries serving various end markets, including commercial, institutional, governmental, retail, industrial, energy, residential and small business.

In January 2014, Tyco announced the expansion of its Cork operation, with plans to grow the workforce to more than 500 employees. The company recently relocated its headquarters to One Albert Quay, Ireland’s smartest building, where it plans to provide efficient delivery of several activities for its businesses, these will include: Sourcing and Procurement, Research and Development, Information Technology, Compliance, HR and Finance.

Speaking about One Albert Quay, Donal said “We are thrilled with the building; it’s a wonderful place to work and it acts as a talent magnet for Tyco and the region generally. We have deployed the best Tyco technology from around the world to make this a truly smart building. We get the opportunity to use the building as a test-bed for future development and it acts as a demonstrator location of Tyco’s offerings to our global client base.”

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

The CEIA would like to thank Donal and his team for taking the time to talk with us and generously agreeing to host this event at its Global Headquarters.

Parking is not available within the One Albert Quay building; nearby parking can be found, On street, City Hall & Elysian Car Parks.

We are obliged by Tyco to provide the names of all attendees prior to the event, if your name does not appear on this list, admittance to One Albert Quay on April 27th will be prohibited.

Please contact info@ceia.ie to register attendance before April 26th 2016

February 2016 – CEIA’s 31st AGM

The CEIA’s 31st Annual General Meeting will take at Maryborough House Hotel on Tuesday Feb 16th starting at 6.15pm

The Guest Speaker for the evening is:

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Pat Roche,

President Industrial Group, Vice-President & Officer Moog Inc.


Pat joined Moog in 2000 as Engineering Manager in Cork. He took on a variety of roles within the Cork operation before being appointed General Manager in 2003. He joined Industrial Group as the Director Core Product Development and Supply Chain and was appointed a Group Vice President in 2007.

Between 2009 and 2010, Pat held a further responsibility as Managing Director of Moog in Bangalore. In this role, he integrated the facility into Industrial Group as a focus factory for servo motors manufacture. He led the development and deployment of a process framework for Research, Technology and Development between 2009 and 2012.

In 2011, his role was expanded to include additional accountability for the Group IT function (Director of Technology and Infrastructure). Pat was appointed an Officer of the company and Corporate Vice President for Global Systems and Services in 2012. In this role, he was accountable for Information Technology enterprise-wide and for several other shared services.

In Sep 2015, Pat was appointed President – Industrial Group, a segment with more than $500MM revenue and 2500+ staff in 22 countries.

Prior to joining Moog, Pat had worked for Philips in The Netherlands; a technology consultancy in the UK; University College Cork and the National Microelectronics Research Centre (now Tyndall); and a start-up Lumin8.

Pat holds electrical engineering and business degrees from University College Cork.
He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland.

Pat is a former Chairman of the Cork Electronics Industry Association and former director
of the Irish Research and Development Group (IRDG Ltd.).

Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to Pat.
His presentation title is: “Creating value at Moog: the importance of values”

A sincere word of thanks to Pat for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to be with us on Feb 16th

After the meeting, Dinner will be served in the main restaurant.
(there will be a nominal charge for dinner)

Please contact info@ceia.ie to register for the event and dinner.

December 2015 CIT Faculty of Engineering and Science Awards Presentation Night 2015

The CIT Faculty of Engineering & Science Awards Presentation Night took place at the NEXUS hall in CIT on Thursday 10th December 2015

CEIA sponsored 2 awards at the event:

2015 Electronic Engineering Student of the Year Award (Level 8)

– John Millard


Valerie Cowman (CEIA) presenting the CEIA 2015 Electronic Engineering Student of the Year Plaque to John Millard, with Matt Cottrell, Dr Joe Connell and Dr Michael Loftus (CIT)

2015 Electrical Engineering Student of the Year Award (Level 8)

– Colin Levis


Brenda Cooper (Horner APG) presenting the CEIA 2015 Electrical Engineering Student of the Year Award to Colin Levis, with Matt Cottrell, Dr Joe Connell and Dr Michael Loftus (CIT)

Also at the Awards Ceremony, Daniel Dransfield was awarded Best Electrical Engineering Student (Level 7)

DKANE 10/12/2015 REPRO FREE Recipient of Best Student Level 8 Electronic Engineering John Millard with Eamon Connolly, Valerie Cowman, CEIA and Dr Joe Connell at the Cork Institute of Technology Faculty of Engineering & Science annual awards in the Nexus Centre in the Bishopstown Campus. Pic Darragh Kane.

Recipient of Best Student Level 8 Electronic Engineering John Millard with Eamon Connolly, Valerie Cowman, CEIA and Dr Joe Connell at the Cork Institute of Technology Faculty of Engineering & Science annual awards in the Nexus Centre in the Bishopstown Campus.
Pic Darragh Kane.

DKANE 10/12/2015 REPRO FREE Eamon Connolly, Valerie Cowman, CEIA, Colin Levis, Recipient of Level 8 Electronic Engineering from Bantry, Bredna Cooper, Horner and Dr joe Connell, CIT at the Cork Institute of Technology Faculty of Engineering & Science annual awards in the Nexus Centre in the Bishopstown Campus. Pic Darragh Kane.
Eamon Connolly, Valerie Cowman, CEIA, Colin Levis, Recipient of Best Student Level 8 Electrical Engineering from Bantry, Brenda Cooper, Horner and Dr Joe Connell, CIT at the Cork Institute of Technology Faculty of Engineering & Science annual awards in the Nexus Centre in the Bishopstown Campus.
Pic Darragh Kane.