Irish company launches 4 day working week

ICE Group recognising evolving employee needs

When Forbes asked the question in March this year, is it time for a 4-day working week?  The world took notice and one Galway company took action.

Recognising the value of adopting more flexible ways of working to motivate, encourage and retain staff, ICE Group in Galway are now switching their business to a 4-day working week model. The award-winning Recruitment, Training and Outsourced HR and Payroll Business partner to many successful Irish and Multi-national organisations. With over 50 employees and an international client base of clients has identified the importance in the change of working environment when it comes to the traditional workspace.

The 4 Day Week (Project 475100) is an initiative that gives back to their extremely hard-working staff.

“Adapting the workplace to the employees needs will empower your workforce and we know will improve productivity and output.  We know that a happier and valued workforce will result in a positive working environment and company growth,” explained Margaret Cox Director of ICE Group.

“Working effectively now means working less and having a 3-day weekend enables people to have quality time outside of their job to do the things they want with the people they love. We value our employees and want to ensure that their quality of life both inside and out of work is as good as it can be.”

With offices in Galway, Dublin, Limerick, Sligo and Sydney, ICE Group serve a wide range of companies, including indigenous businesses, public services, Irish subsidiaries of multinationals and overseas organisations.

“How we do business is changing, this can only be viewed as a positive.  ICE Group adaptability for change is what we have built our company on since 1972.  We are growing a dynamic and vibrant multi-service company.  We view change as an opportunity for our further development.  Our commitment is a never-ending quest for perfection, providing even greater value and service to our customers and greater prosperity for each of us.  The adaption of a 4-day working week is yet another way in which we can grow and evolve our business to work for our employees and our clients.”

Research has shown that changing the work week so that staff have a 3-day week end, creates a more focused and energised staff.  ICE Group are convinced that this will have a benefit for their customers. With a team slogan for this project; ‘4-day work, 100% customer, the buy in is 100%.

Felim McDonnell, CEO of ICE Group explains why ICE Group is switching to a 4 day week. “The business we are in changes people’s lives. We give our customers opportunities to change their lives, now we have found a way to change our employee’s lives.

In terms of our Clients, the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.  They get that the service they receive from our team will enhance their own service requirements and consequently their profitability. One or two have joked about when they could join us.

From our employees point of view, the opportunity of a 3 day week-end and a four day working week, on the same pay, has generated many ideas for the extra day – “will I take up a new course, restart a hobby, learn to fly, bake more for my family?”.  We have also seen an increase in people applying for work with us as they are really motivated by this innovative initiative.”

Jillian, who is based in the Limerick office commented “I didn’t believe what I was hearing when Felim made the announcement – this means I can really enjoy my job and spend more time at home with my family and little girl.  Everyone is really delighted and very excited about all the possibilities to really manage our Work / Life / Family Balance.  It’s just amazing. We will have that Bank holiday buzz every week end and return to work energised and refreshed.”

For more information on ICE Group and the 4 day work week log onto or call 091-546700.


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Experience the Wild Atlantic Way: Run | Kayak | Cycle

Over 800 competitors expected to Connemara and Westport for one of Irelands most Iconic Adventure Races. Gaelforce West in partnership with John West has led the way for adventure racing in Ireland since it started in 2006.  This 66km race, taking place on the 22nd of June, starts on Glassilaun beach in Connemara at dawn and finishes in Westport town centre, taking in scenic parts of the Wild Atlantic Way. Along the stunning linear route competitors kayak across Killary Fjord, cycle through the Delphi valley and climb Croagh Patrick.

Bridget Gavin from Killary Gaelforce said “this race remains one of the most iconic adventure races in Ireland. It represents challenge, achievement and drive. For many adventure racers Gaelforce West is the ultimate badge of honour and the event brings people back year after year. It is a personal journey with some of the most dramatic scenery Ireland has to offer.”

gaelforce westIt is the third event in the Gaelforce Adventure Series and some competitors will complete their tri-medal circle at this event. Others are holding out for the victory at Gaelforce North, on September 21st, where the winner of the annual series will be crowned.

For any spectators the Killary Fjord is a good vantage point as the transition from run to kayaks takes place here. Additionally, in close proximity is the newly open 2km looped Killary Coastal Park which leads people straight to the edge of the Fjord. The Misunderstood Heron, voted in the Top 10 of the world’s coolest food trucks by Lonely Planet, will be open on-site too.

Gaelforce West is proudly supported by John West who will offer a variety of protein options to refuel after the race.

In 2019 Gaelforce has teamed up with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental health as their charity partner. As part of the partnership participants can donate when registering for the event or become an Everyday Jigsaw Hero and raise vital funds for the charity.

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Film projects granted investment to generate more than €4m spend across the West of Ireland

A €2m regional fund set up to encourage the film, television drama, animation and gaming sectors in the West of Ireland is today announcing the projects which have received offers of support since it was announced at the end of 2017.

The Western Region Audiovisual Producer’s Fund — or WRAP Fund — is a unique initiative of the Western Development Commission (WDC) and the Galway Film Centre and was set up to stimulate the industry in the western region.

Its aim is to support local talent and increase the economic impact of the industry in the region. Run in association with the local authorities of Clare, Donegal, Galway City, Galway County, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo as well as Údarás na Gaeltachta, WRAP will ensure investment in the sector until 2020.

The WRAP Fund is also the only funding project in the Republic of Ireland which is open to the games sector. The deadline for applications for funding in the games sector was March 8, 2019 and an announcement of the games funded will follow once they are selected.

As part of its production investment, WRAP has supported five projects to date including three feature films, one animated feature and one documentary which will undertake production across the West, creating opportunities for local talent.

It is anticipated that the projects backed by WRAP funding so far will generate in excess of €4m spend in the region generating a significant return of investment of 8:1.

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Behind the scenes on ‘The Winter Lake’

The newly-announced projects are:

  • Death of A Ladies Man, by Cohen Productions DAC/Port Pictures, which will start shooting across Galway in late May
  • Ooops! Back In The Deep End, an animated feature by Moetion Films which is in production in Galway City
  • Screamers, a documentary by Dot Television and Marcie Films, which is in pre-production and will be shot across Donegal and Sligo.
  • The Winter Lake, by Winter Lake Productions/Tailored Films, which has just completed production in Sligo.

These projects are in addition to the previously-announced Calm With Horses, which was shot in Clare and across Galway city and county and is currently in post-production.

In addition to its production investment, WRAP is announcing the recipients of the first round of development investment to assist local producers to develop projects that can undertake production within the region. This was as a result of a call out with a deadline of October 2018. Companies based in Clare, Donegal, Galway and Mayo have received support. These are:

  • To Hell Or Hibernia: a feature film developed by Mayo production company Hardy Films and written by Mike Cockayne (Mayo) and Vincent Cleghorne
  • Trace: a feature film developed by Galway production company Magamedia and written by Ray Lawlor (Mayo)
  • St. John: a television series developed by Galway production company Danú Media and Dearg Films and written by Brian Reddin
  • Weekend: a television series developed by Donegal production company Slipway Films and New Decade TV and written by Tara Hegarty (Donegal)
  • The Wee Littles: an animated television series developed by Clare animation studio Magpie6 Media, created by Cliff Parrott (Clare) and Christina O’Shea (Clare) and written/directed by Emma Hogan (Clare)

Sarah Dillon, Development Manager of the WRAP Fund, said:

“We are delighted to be announcing the projects in receipt of investment and it is exciting to see the caliber of applications we are receiving. This is reflective of the general standard over the last few years in Irish film, television and animation with Irish talent making its mark on a global stage at the world’s leading film festivals. WRAP is delighted to give a platform to local talent telling stories. WRAP is focused on continuing to drive the success and growth of the screen industries in the West through targeted strategic support with the backing of our stakeholders.”

Tomás Ó Síocháin, CEO of Western Development Commission, said:

Developing the audio visual sector as part of the Creative Economy is a key goal of the recently published 5 year strategy for the WDC. As the lead agency for the Creative Economy under the Government’s West Regional Enterprise Plan, we already see the benefits a dedicated fund such as the WRAP fund can bring to a region: high-caliber projects adding €4m extra spend to the local economy together with invaluable training and experience for local talent interested in working in this industry.”

Alan Duggan, Manager of Galway Film Centre, said:

“The WRAP Fund is a game-changing initiative for the region in terms of the opportunities it provides to talent across film, TV, animation and games. It also represents a unique collaboration between the eight local authorities, Galway Film Centre and the WDC, each with the foresight to support the Audiovisual Sector at a time of unprecedented opportunity for the region.”

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The Knot Worldwide to establish Operations Centre creating 100 jobs in Galway

The Knot Worldwide, the largest global wedding planning company, today announced it will establish an Operations Centre in Galway, creating circa 100 job opportunities over the next few years. The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

With a company vision of helping every couple in the world plan a wedding that is uniquely their own, The Knot Worldwide is positioned to innovate and accelerate growth in the global wedding industry through The KnotWeddingWireBodas, and its family of preeminent wedding and lifestyle brands. Led by CEO Tim Chi, The Knot Worldwide delivers leading wedding marketplaces, wedding websites, planning tools, registry services and more—for free—to over 20 million monthly unique visitors in 15 countries across the globe.

Through its global wedding planning brands, The Knot Worldwide has more than 40 years of experience combined and has helped more than 40 million couples plan their weddings. Engaged couples worldwide will plan and celebrate their special day by benefitting from the company’s extensive and inspirational content, registry services, free wedding planning tools, and access to over 700,000 local vendors with 7 million global reviews. Wedding professionals, retailers and national brands will benefit from enhanced advertising and marketing reach to the expansive global wedding audience, as well as industry-leading tools and analytics to help grow their businesses.

Speaking at today’s announcement in Galway, Jessica Finnefrock, Executive Vice President of Global Business Operations for The Knot Worldwide, said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to expand our global footprint with a new office in Galway. We’ve been extremely impressed with the talent from this city, are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the IDA and the city of Galway, and are excited for the invaluable work this team will do to help our local wedding business professionals better connect with couples and ultimately grow their businesses.”

Sean Kyne TD, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, welcomed the announcement, saying: “The Knot Worldwide is a long established company, a global leader in its field and its decision to locate in here is a further endorsement for Galway as a prime location in the areas of marketing, advertising and analytics. I would also like to compliment both the IDA and the Portershed in keeping Galway at the forefront of these areas through the delivering of projects such as The Knot Worldwide.”

IDA Ireland’s Executive Director, Mary Buckley, said: “This decision by The Knot Worldwide to establish its International Operations Centre in Galway to serve its global markets is a welcome and significant investment for the West region, offering some 100 new roles that will enhance the skillsets base around digital marketing and content writing in the region.  I believe Galway, with its vibrant and growing technology ecosystem, will be a great fit for The Knot Worldwide. I wish the company every success with its operations here.”

The new roles will include content writers, community forum support and customer support staff. For more information on these roles, go to:

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Killary Coastal Park – Now open to the public

The Killary Coastal Park is a newly built 2km looped coastal walk located on the grounds of Killary Adventure Company in Leenane, Co. Galway.

Things to know about the Killary Coastal Park

  • Where: Killary Adventure Co, Leenane, Co. Galway, Ireland, H91 PY61
  • Cost: Free to use for individuals and small groups
  • Opening times: All year round
  • Parking: Free at the car park at the start of the walk
  • Terrain: Rough underfoot, not suitable for buggies

A bit about the trail

This coastal trail brings walkers down to the shores of the Killary Fjord where they can enjoy stunning views. From the northern shore of Killary Fjord rises Mweelrea, the highest mountain in Connacht. To the south, there is a most imposing panorama of Maumturk Mountains and the Twelve Bens.  There is a vast array of bird and wildlife to be found on the Fjord including Heron, barnacle goose, mallard duck, mute swan, seals, otters, and dolphins.

There are art installations along the route; a chain saw carving of the prow of a Viking Long Ship done by Limerick artist Will Fogarty and a 3m x 2m Oak frame which will frame some of the most dramatic scenery in Ireland, as the weather changes so does the picture!  There are information boards on the local flora and fauna painted by artist Rachel Craig, and of the geology and history of the Fjord.

The trail is free to use with a car park located just beside the start of the path. Shane Young of Killary Adventure Co. says “It is a stunning new amenity for the Leenane and Connemara region. We are lucky to have land available to use for such a facility.”

The path, although rough underfoot and not suitable for buggies, is perfect for families and walkers of all ages. It is also one of the few walking paths in Connemara on which dogs are welcome.

Onsite Food Truck Misunderstood Heron

The Misunderstood Heron food truck; recently voted one of the top 10 coolest food trucks in the world by the Lonely Planet, is located near the start of the walk making this a great destination.

The path could not have been built without the support and funding from the BIM flags grant.

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Adventure Racing showcasing Connemara in a new light

Gaelforce Connemara in partnership with John West is opening up Connemara’s back yard for people keen to test their endurance and adventure spirit. The event formerly known as Connemara Adventure Challenge takes place on May 4th 2019 in Leenane, Co Galway.

gaelforce westCelebrating its 10-year anniversary the team at Gaelforce have introduced a new distance to this stunning route. The new 27km Mini distance offers the same magical scenery but skips the mountain. Making it the ideal introduction for anyone wanting to venture into the world of adventure racing.

The full 32km distance will see participants climb on the foothills of the Maamturk mountains to an elevation of 342m. Participants will explore Connemara by bike, foot and kayak taking in varied views of this magical setting.

Gaelforce Connemara is one of the original Gaelforce races and always a favourite. Bridget Gavin, who participated in the event before taking on a role at Gaelforce says: ”It is my favourite of all the adventure races and is definitely the one that got me hooked. Gaelforce Connemara is a totally achievable race.” Her tip for any participants is: “Don’t forget to stop every so often and look around!”

It is shaping to be a busy weekend in the locality of Leenane with the Connemara Mountain Walking Festival on at the same weekend, which makes it the ideal setting for a mixed group looking for an active Bank Holiday weekend. There are also plenty of activities for all the family such as the 2km looped Killary Coastal Park including a pit stop at the Misunderstood Here, voted in the Top 10 of the world’s coolest food trucks by Lonely Planet.

Gaelforce Connemara is proudly supported by John West who will offer a variety of protein options to refuel after the race.

gaelforce westIn 2019 Gaelforce has teamed up with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth and Mental health as their charity partner. As part of the partnership, participants can donate when registering for the event or become an Everyday Jigsaw Hero and raise vital funds for the charity.

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Easter Street Feast sees thousands flock to Galways westend

A Ravens Street Feastival down Galways westend

After its inaugural first year in 2017, The westend Street Feast returned to Ravens Terrace on Easter Bank Holiday Monday 22 April with some of the areas best loved restaurants popping up as part of the Easter Celebrations.

The Street Feast saw over 2,500 people enjoy the sunshine, live music and of course food offering of all the vendors. The event kicked off at 11am and Galways westend teamed up with Walsh Waste to make this a biodegradable and compostable festival, using eco packaging and take away materials.

galway street feastRavens Terrace was closed off to traffic completely and there was live music a Gramophone installation from sculptor Donnacha Cahill and face painting. This is a really family friendly day in the westend that aims to encourage people to cross the bridge and enjoy all that is going on in this much-loved area of Galway.

The Street Feast  vendors all completely sold out as people sampled the delights of Dela Restaurant, Gourmet Tart, Handsome Burger, Hooked on Henry Street, Salthouse , Massimo Bar, Monroes, BoTown, Avo Nice Day and Marcos Crisps, Fresh Juices from the Galway Markey, Danny Doughnuts and Merci Beaucoup Pastries as well as Daisy Bowl Florists who was on hand to provide her insider knowledge on all things flowers and potted plants.

The next westend summer festival will run all day Monday 3rd June.

To see all the photos and to keep up to date with Galways westend simply connect through social media platforms.

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Rent the Runway Announces 150 New Jobs for Galway

Rent the Runway, Inc., the company that created the world’s first living, sustainable closet by enabling women to rent versus buy their clothing, has selected Galway for its first-ever international technology office.

The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Recognising Ireland’s significant technology talent, Rent the Runway aims to hire 150 engineers and tech developers over the next three years.  The prospective team, to be based in the historic Claddagh area of Galway city centre, will tackle core technology challenges that are critical to Rent the Runway’s overall success and will influence the future of the next generation of services.

The new international office in Galway will enable the company to expand its engineering and product development footprint and new Rent the Runway employees will have the opportunity to launch or grow their careers across a number of roles in software engineering and development.

The centre in Galway will be the first operation for Rent the Runway outside of the US. The  privately owned company has five physical locations in the US, 11 million members, and 1,800 employees, 93% of whom are female, multiracial and/or minority. The company’s technology team is 45% female, and 80% of leaders at the company are women.

“We are thrilled to open our first-ever international office in Galway, where we’ve had overwhelming support from the Irish Government and the IDA. From the start, it was clear that Galway was the perfect location for our new office – the city has an atmosphere of creativity,  mirrors Rent the Runway’s cultural values, and excitingly, will be the European Capital of Culture in 2020,” said Rent the Runway Chief Technology Officer, Josh Builder. “There’s an incredible opportunity to tap into the growing STEM talent in the region, and we’re eager to begin establishing our Irish footprint.”

Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD welcomed today’s announcement, saying: “I am delighted to see Rent the Runway choose the West of Ireland to open their first ever international office and create 150 new high-tech jobs. Galway City will be a natural fit for this innovative, progressive and creative company. Ireland warmly welcomes new firms in niche, highly skilled areas and Rent the Runway will join a growing number of disruptive companies based here. I wish them well for the future.”

Rent the Runway, headquartered in New York City, was founded in 2009 by Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss as an answer to the modern woman’s desire for constant newness by offering a rotating wardrobe that is also a smart, sustainable choice. RTR pioneered the ‘living closet’ and believes that women everywhere will soon have a subscription to fashion, making renting an indispensable utility. With its most engaged subscribers wearing rented clothing more than 120 days per year, Rent the Runway is changing the way women get dressed every day.

The team in Galway will be undertaking in-house software development unique to RTR as well as supporting US operations by working on existing technological activity supporting RTR’s mobile and desktop platform through which new and current users and subscribers access their services. The Irish teams will also be working on projects to expand and enable RTR’s unique fulfilment network, leverage data science to bring personalization and insight to all aspects of RTR’s systems, and experiment with new data driven applications. The team will work hand-in-hand with the US-based R&D teams.

Rent the Runway’s Galway office will be temporarily located at the Portershed. The company expects to relocate to a more permanent home late Summer 2019 at the newly-renovated Piscatorial School building, a prime waterfront location overlooking the Claddagh in Galway City Centre.

The company has built and operates the world’s largest technology powered dry-cleaning facility and reverse logistics operation, with sophisticated automation and a complex back-end system that powers the ecosystem of rental reservations, returns processing, order fulfillment, and the overall customer experience. All technology and logistics to power the operation is built in-house.

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said: “This is an excellent investment by this leading, innovative company from the US East Coast. Galway, with its vibrant and growing technology ecosystem, is proving a most attractive location for investment and Rent the Runway choosing to locate its first-ever international technology office here will further enhance that reputation. It is also an endorsement of the confidence tech companies have in finding the right talent in the West. Rent the Runway will be a key reference seller for us in attracting further tech and consumer brand activity.  This project from Rent the Runway is very much in line with IDA Ireland’s strategic objective to attract increased levels of investments to regional locations and the 150 jobs being created will be of substantial benefit to the economy of the city and West region. I wish RTR all the best as it begins this exciting new phase of its international development.”

In March, Rent the Runway announced its largest investment to-date, of $125 million, bringing the valuation of the company to $1 billion. The company has been recognized by CNBC as the 9th most disruptive company in the world and as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.

For more information on the new roles, please visit Rent the Runway’s job posting site.

About Rent the Runway
Rent the Runway is transforming the way modern women get dressed and disrupting the $2.4 trillion global fashion industry by enabling women to rent, versus buy, clothing. Founded in 2009 with a vision to build the world’s first living closet, RTR believes that women everywhere will soon have a subscription to fashion. By creating a new model of dynamic ownership, RTR has made apparel rental an indispensable utility while also empowering women to feel their best every day. RTR carries apparel, accessories and home decor from over 600 designer partners and has built in-house proprietary technology and a one-of-a-kind reverse logistics operation.

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A Taste 4 Success with Galway Food Tours

How you too can develop a Food Tour Business in Ireland

The award-winning Galway food Tours is heading back to the classroom this May.  The Galway company in conjunction with Taste 4 Success Skillnet is launching a training programme that will teach you how to Develop a Food Tour Business.

The program of work will cover a range of food and business-related topics. The course will provide an in-depth analysis of what a food tour business is, how it runs and what are the professional and personal traits required to translate the success of the Galway Food Tours business model to other parts of Ireland.

The course will outline the process of setting up a food tour business, it’s operational details, nature the business and opportunities created through the local and national food and beverage scene.

If you have an entrepreneurial like-spirit and have dreamed of starting your own business working with food and people, this is the course for you.

“We are looking for a ‘People Person’ with strong connections, passion and knowledge of local foods, producers and businesses. We are looking for people who have a knowledge of local history, telling stories and who can showcase the Irish Culture,” said Gosia Letowska of Galway Food Tours.

“There are so many elements to running any small business now but with Food Tours is really need to be a good communicator with excellent people skills, able to engage a group of tourists, domestic or international customers. You should have a creative personality, think outside the box and have a flair for business, marketing and social media, “explained Sheena Dignam of Galway Food Tours.

Bridie Corrigan-Matthews of Taste4success said, “This course has been created to attract candidates looking at taking back control of their lives. People who are unemployed, motivated, curious and have a sparkle for adventure who want to get back into the workforce.”

A Taste for success, developing a Food Tour Business will run on 7, 14, 21, 28 May and the 4th June at the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway.

This course is fully funded by Skillnet, but there will be an interview process in order to attend. For more information or to book your spot contact Breda on 043 6687289 or email

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Valeo to create 50 jobs in Galway in €44m investment

March 13th 2019. Tuam, Co. Galway. Valeo, today announced it is to invest €44M in a major RD&I investment programme, which will build on the Group’s strong capability in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and position them at the forefront of developments in autonomous vehicles. This investment will lead to the creation of 50 new R&D roles over the next three years, which will see its Irish R&D centre grow to over 500 people and become one of the largest R&D facilities in Ireland.

Speaking about the investment Marc Vrecko, Valeo Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems Business Group President, said: “Our facility in Tuam is one of the leading Research centres in the Group. With the support of IDA Ireland, Valeo continues to have a sustained and rewarding  investment in Ireland. We are very excited about the announcement today to further expand our footprint here to build on the proven innovation in Product and Process R&D. The investment will help fuel the global growth of the Vision Product Line and extend Valeo as global leader for ADAS systems and related MaaS products.”

Minister of State for Rural Affairs & Natural Resources, Sean Canney TD, welcomed the announcement, saying: “Valeo is a substantial and valued employer in Tuam and indeed Galway and the West region and this announcement that VVS is to make a major investment in an RD&I programme is great news, demonstrating significant commitment by the company to the Tuam site as it positions itself at the leading edge of the development of autonomous vehicles. It also shows that global companies of the calibre of Valeo can find, in regional locations, the skilled workers they require, the necessary infrastructure and services and pro-business environment, to establish and grow their operations. I wish Vice President Fergus Moyles and his team continued success here.” 

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said: “This is an exciting project, focused on new emerging and disruptive advances in Autonomous Vehicles. As a technology leader in autonomous technologies, with a global remit, Valeo is helping in the development of a cluster in Ireland around AV. This project will add significant value to the company’s operations in Tuam and will benefit Tuam, Galway and the West region substantially.”

More information about Valeo

Valeo is an automotive supplier at the heart of the 3 revolutions shaping the automotive industry: autonomous car, electrification of the powertrain and digital mobility. As a technology company, Valeo proposes innovative products and systems that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and to the development of autonomous and connected car. . In 2018, the Group generated sales of 19.3 billion euros and invested 13% of its original equipment sales in Research and Development.

At December 31, 2018, Valeo had 186 plants, 21 research centers, 38 development centers and 15 distribution platforms, and employed 113,600 people in 33 countries worldwide. Valeo is listed on the Paris stock exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.

More information about Valeo R&D centre in Tuam

Valeo is the global market leader and supplier of choice for sensors, including vision cameras and ADAS systems. Their Automotive cameras act as the eyes of the vehicle, which together with their advanced software algorithms and artificial intelligence enable the vehicle to make the right decision while driving.

The R&D centre in Tuam is the Group’s worldwide reference centre for vision systems. The site includes a state of the art production facility alongside an R&D Centre of Excellence with responsibility for the development and manufacture of automotive camera vision systems for global markets.

Products developed by the R&D centre in Tuam are also in production across the world at Valeo sites in Germany, Hungary, Mexico and China in line with Group’s strategy to serve automotive customers locally.

Valeo is a major employer in the West region, with a total workforce of over 1,000 people. The 450 strong R&D centre consists of many highly skilled engineers and scientists across a range of disciplines, working on the latest technologies in Artificial intelligence and Deep Learning, for application at the cutting edge of advancements in autonomous vehicles