Thirty-five new high-end jobs for Limerick as ZMDI announce base

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

ANOTHER 35 jobs are to be created in Limerick with the confirmation that a semi-conductor firm is establishing a research design centre here.

ANOTHER 35 jobs are to be created in Limerick with the confirmation that a semi-conductor firm is establishing a research design centre here.

ZMDI, a semi-conductor company focused on energy efficiency is establishing a design centre in Limerick.

Over the next five years, it will create 35 skilled engineering positions for graduates and technicians, with the investment being supported by the IDA.

The centre will focus on the development of products for the smart power management sector, a key growth area driven by the demand for increased energy efficiency in data centre cooling, telecommunications and high-end computing.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan said: “The addition of ZMDI to Limerick is a major endorsement of Ireland’s capabilities in the area of analogue and mixed signal electronics and R&D. The company will provide excellent employment opportunities in the Mid –West region for talented engineering graduates and technicians.”

Bernhard Huber, business line manager of ZMDI, which is headquartered in Germany, said: “After considering a number of global locations for this strategically important R&D centre, we decided that Limerick was the perfect fit for our company due to the research expertise in the University of Limerick, the availability of engineering skills, the cluster of many leading players in electronics in the region and the support of IDA Ireland.”

IDA Ireland chief executive, Barry O’Leary said “IDA is very pleased to support this centre, as it will create highly skilled positions in a regional location, which is a key focus of IDA’s strategy for regional development in Gateway locations. The centre is an important addition to the cluster of power management electronics in Limerick and will position the Mid-West region, through its collaboration with University of Limerick, at the forefront of research in energy efficient power management solutions.”