Bosch has this morning announced the establishment of an Automotive Research and Development Centre in Limerick, which will create 30 jobs over the next two years
The focus of the activities in Limerick will be on semiconductor products as well as automotive electronics.
According to a news statement the location in Limerick is based on the region having "A rich history in the design and development of semiconductor products, going back almost 50 years. More recently the region is emerging as a hub for automotive software and system development. The establishment of Bosch’s Automotive R&D Centre in Limerick recognises the increased demand for semiconductors as cars evolve to become sustainable, safer and more exciting"
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD commented on the announcement: “I’m really pleased that Bosch is opening a new research and development centre in Limerick, creating 30 new highly-skilled jobs over the next two years. Ireland is recognised as a global hub for leading technology innovators like Bosch. This new automotive R&D centre will help them to benefit from our rich talent pool in the Mid-West. I wish the team the very best in this exciting new chapter.”
Dr. Oliver Wolst, Senior Vice President Development of Integrated Circuits, Bosch said: “We’re very excited about the possibilities that this new facility will provide to us. Bosch is a global leader when it comes to investment in research and development and this new facility in Ireland demonstrates our commitment to working with the best engineering talent to develop the most advanced technology for our customers.”
IDA Ireland Executive Director Mary Buckley said: “The decision by Bosch to establish its automotive R&D centre in Limerick further enhances the region’s reputation as an emerging hub for software and automotive systems. It is also a strong endorsement of the talent available in the Mid-West region, particularly in the areas of engineering and design. With this announcement Bosch will be well-equipped to meet the growing demand for semiconductors in automation and I wish the company success with their operations here in Ireland.”
Mike Keaveney, Bosch Radar Architect & R&D Centre Limerick Manager, said: “It’s very satisfying to see Bosch’s new R&D facility come online in Ireland. This is a great opportunity for the team whose background in integrated circuits, married with Bosch’s deep system level knowledge in automotive, can develop truly innovative and performance-optimised products to meet the needs of tomorrow’s cars. Working with the talented engineers here, and the teams across Europe that we are now part of, is particularly rewarding. Our next focus is on growing the local team. There’s a lot of talent in and around the region and we’re looking to hire more engineers with the skillsets needed to develop state of the art integrated circuit products.”
Mayor Daniel Butler said: “This announcement shows that Limerick can compete and win investments in a global competitive marketplace.
“Bosch is a worldwide business that has chosen the Limerick city region to establish its new Automotive Research and Development Centre. This decision validates and reinforces the unique Limerick ecosystem in place here which sees collaboration and partnership as key principles among all groups and sectors.”
“It is heartening to hear Bosch’s Senior Vice President Development of Integrated Circuits Dr. Oliver Wolst say that they are committed to working with the best engineering talent to develop the most advanced technology. This highlights how important our third level sector is in producing the right engineering talent with the right qualifications for the jobs available.”
“This announcement reinforces Limerick’s reputation as a centre for software and automotive systems industry, something that we can leverage as we develop our employment opportunities into the future.”
“It also is an acknowledgement of the skills and lifestyle available in Limerick.”
“I would also like to thank IDA Ireland for all the work done to secure this investment for Limerick, which is so important as our economy recovers from the COVID-19 downturn.”
Fianna Fáil TD for County Limerick and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins, has also welcomed the news. Minister Collins commented, “I am delighted to see Bosch locate their new research and development centre in Limerick, creating 30 new highly skilled jobs in the area over the next two years. The mid-west is known for its talented workforce and this announcement further endorses the region as a hub for software and automotive systems. I wish Bosch every success with their operations here in Limerick.”
Deputy Kieran O’Donnell added: “This is another great news story for Limerick, with the creation of 30 jobs over the next 2 years by the Bosch Group, the global supplier of technology and services. Furthermore, I very much welcome that as part of these new jobs, the Bosch Group have selected Limerick for the establishment of an Automotive Research and Development Centre. “It is important that as we emerge from the Covid pandemic, we ensure Limerick and the Midwest continues in growth mode and continue to see positive jobs announcements like this from the Bosch Group here in Limerick.
“I welcome the comments by Dr. Oliver Wolst, Senior Vice President Development of Integrated Circuits at Bosch who has highlighted the great possibilities of this new facility and importance of Bosch places on working with the best engineering talent to develop the most advanced technologies for its vast customer base, a ringing endorsement of the talent we harness here in Limerick and Midwest.”
“I also welcome the confirmation by Mike Keaveney, Bosch Radar Architect & R&D Centre Limerick Manager that Bosch’s next focus is on growing the local team here in Limerick and the Mid-West which is driven by the available talented workforce here.
Deputy O’Donnell continued: “I wish to extend a warm welcome to the Bosch Group as they establish their R&D facility here along with these high skilled tech jobs in Limerick and I look forward to working with them in the years ahead.
“I also wish to commend the IDA on their work in bringing the Bosch Group facility and these new jobs to Limerick.”
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