US tech firm opens electronics research lab in Cork

A US tech company will open a new power electronics research lab in Cork today as part of a major expansion of its Irish operation.

Just over a year since the United Technologies Research Centre (UTRC) Ireland was established in Cork, its parent company, United Technologies Corp’s, which specialises in cutting-edge research for the building and aerospace industry, will officially open the new lab in the city this afternoon.

It is a significant expansion of the company’s technical capabilities in Ireland.

“This is an extremely exciting time for UTRC Ireland,” said David Parekh, corporate vice president, research, and director at UTRC.

“As a company, we are constantly thinking about how we can better collaborate with our customers and move the needle with innovative technologies.

“The opening of this new lab enables us to do so by further expanding the reach of our research across Europe,” he said.

Researchers at UTRC are working to change how we generate, deploy, store and manage energy.

The staff in the new lab will focus on areas such as motor drives and electronics safety architecture, and on power- line communications, health monitoring and diagnostics technology.

They will also be involved in measurement, parameter identification and characterisation of power electronics equipment, electrical machines, and components.

Their research will support the services offered by the parent company’s global business units, including UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) and Otis, as well as research financed by the EU, with a focus on aerospace, and programs sponsored by the Government.

UTRC Ireland employees already work closely with top universities in Aachen, Germany, and Aalborg, Denmark, as well as with UTC’s global business units.

And recently, the UTRC announced an investment of €500,000 in cash and €1m in ‘in-kind contribution’ in the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at University College Cork.

Earlier this year, United Technologies incurred the wrath of US president-elect Donal Trump after it decided to move two of its Carrier heating and ventilating parts plants in Indiana to Monterrey, Mexico eliminating 2,100 US jobs.

“The fact was the supply chain had moved to Mexico, along with about half the competition over the past few years,” Mr Hayes told the Financial Times in March.


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