Leo McHugh and Denis Doyle, of Analog Devices, which is marking its 40th anniversary in Limerick this month
ANALOG Devices is to transform its manufacturing operation in Limerick to respond to new advances in technology.
Two of the most senior figures at the firm – which is marking 40 years in Limerick this month – have revealed plans to move from manufacturing regular circuit boards, to making sensor boards. Leo McHugh, the vice-president of instrumentation, avionics and space at Analog Devices says he expects the firm’s expansion in Limerick to continue as a result of this.
“We hire graduates through good times and bad times pretty much every year. We are hiring as many as we can locally, and we source from across the world too. We have increased our headcount pretty steadily over the years, and we expect that to continue.”
Analog opened in Limerick in April 1976, and has grown to become one of the city’s largest employers with 1,100 staff on its books in Raheen.
Now to make it best placed for the future development of the ‘Internet of Things’ – a term which broadly means the ability of people to control systems remotely – the firm is changing.
Denis Doyle, vice-president and general manager in manufacturing, said: “On the manufacturing side, we are definitely going through a major transition. We have an expansion plan for the back where we are transitioning from manufacturing integrated circuit boards to sensors.”
He added: “These are the larger systems which we need to be supplying a lot more functions to. We need all our specialists basically together to develop these. Sensors which are the size and price of a chip are vital for this ‘Internet of Things’.”
Mr Doyle says the company, as a result of the fast-moving world of technology, has to predict what the customer wants years in advance.
“We need to be ahead of where the market is going to be,” he said, “You cannot sit back in this industry. We are at a hugely disruptive time in terms of semi-conductors, but also in the electronics industry.
“The type of technology we have will be more in demand than ever. But the difference is we cannot only supply the silicon chip. You have to supply the full solution.”