IRELAND has the largest exhibition of farm machinery outside of French firms at the SPACE livestock and agricultural equipment trade show, which opened at Rennes yesterday and continues until Friday.
Trade and Commerce Minister Billy Kelleher is leading the sales drive of 11 Irish farm machinery firms at the event
Irish firms on the trade mission, organised by Enterprise Ireland, have a cumulative turnover of more than €250 million and exports account for more than 60% of sales, including €23m to France.
Some of the firms have been in the French market for over a decade while others are new market entrants.
Two firms will be presented with awards at the show – Tanco Autowrap, Bagnealstown, Co Carlow, for its bale shear, and Dromone, Oldcastle, Co Meath, for its pick-up hitch.
Mr Kelleher said the SPACE show is a platform for Irish agricultural machinery firms to showcase their products and technologies and, in particular, to demonstrate their levels of innovation.
He will also travel to Paris to meet with Anne-Marie Idrac, Secretary of State for External Trade in the Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Employment, to discuss strengthening bilateral trade between Ireland and France.
He will also meet with Jean-Yves Le Drian, President of the Regional Council of Brittany, to discuss Breton-Irish links.
Mr Kelleher will be guest of honour at a reception of members of the new Franco-Irish business network, Network Irlande.
It was established this year following a Farmleigh-inspired initiative to develop Franco-Irish business networking.
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