German automation technology company Pilz to build new research-and-development centre

German automation technology company, Pilz, has acquired a 3,000 square metre site adjacent to its existing Cork facility. This will allow it to significantly expand its Irish operations.

The company, based in the Cork Business and Technology Park, on Cork’s Model Farm Road, has been in Ireland since 1998. It will use the new facility to expand its office and laboratory space to meet growing demand for its services.

The company is planning to begin construction on the site of a new facility to accommodate the Software product research-and-development centre, a global centre of excellence to configure and programme intelligent automation systems.

“The construction of the new building, and refurbishment of the existing facility, is a real milestone in the company’s development. We look forward to creating a campus which not only provides increased capacity to grow our business, but offers a modern work space for our employees,” Pilz Ireland managing director, John McAuliffe, said.

It is hoped the new facility will see Pilz’s Irish operation play a key role in the group’s push into newer technologies, based on the internet-of-things (IoT), collaborative robots, and cloud-based automation services.

Its existing business is largely focused on machinery safety and ensuring compliance with safety standards.

The expansion is anticipated to result in an increase in the numbers of staff at Pilz Ireland, which currently employs 170.


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