THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick is to host a €25 million Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC).
Announced today, the DPTC is a collaboration of eight companies and 10 Research Performing Organisations creating 52 new jobs for highly-skilled researchers over the five year term of the centre.
The DPTC is part of an overall €35 million investment in the dairy sector made by Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton and Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney. The announcement was made at Arrabawn Co-Op in Co Tipperary and includes a €10 million investment by Teagasc in their Moorepark Technology Ltd pilot plant facility in Cork.
Launching the DPTC, Minister Bruton said: “The food sector is a key area that we have targeted as part of our Action Plan for Jobs. This is a sector which offers massive potential for regional employment, which is a major focus of our 2015 plan, and clearly the removal of milk quotas offers huge opportunities that we must exploit in a planned and strategic way in order to support jobs growth.
“That is why Minister Coveney and I have decided, through our agencies Enterprise Ireland and Teagasc, to make this significant investment in innovation in the dairy industry. This market focused technology centre supported by my Department will bring industry, the education system and Government together to develop commercial new technologies which will support the growth of the dairy industry here in the coming years. In this way, we can crucially create more jobs across the regions, and ultimately improve communities’ right across the country”.
Dr Mary Shire, vice-president research, UL said: “The DPTC is a collaboration which brings together a spectrum of companies working collaboratively with academics drawn from a wide variety of disciplines. The challenges faced by the dairy industry require an interdisciplinary approach if they are to be solved. The University of Limerick has experience of successfully leading multi partner interdisciplinary research centres and is delighted to be hosting the DPTC”.