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T4E1Toys4Engineers - to infinity and beyond!

Industries from across the South-East region and beyond put their best foot forward at the Toys4Engineers Conference & Expo, showcasing how innovation and technology is leading the way.

Organised by Waterford Chamber and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Toys4Engineers at the WIT Arena on 22nd September 2017 saw over a thousand people turn out to view in excess of 50 displays,  everything from virtual reality headsets to robotics and 3D printing to a fleet of electric cars.

Speaking at the event, Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan said: “Innovation and technology is to the fore in our region and I am hugely impressed by what I have seen today. If we can work together and support what’s on our doorstep, the future is certainly a brighter one.”

The 200 delegates to the morning Conference enjoyed presentations from leading experts in industry, including Jim McCann, Medite Smartply; Declan Roche, BAM; James Murtagh, Domino/Codico; Stephen Farrell, Inmasoll; Bernard Bagley, KUKA Robotics, Shane Robinson, Dataworks and a keynote address from Andy Crowley, TEVA Pharmaceuticals.

The afternoon Expo attracted a large attendance of students from all over the country and Dr Ken Thomas, Head of School of Engineering at WIT said “It is great to see so many young people here today finding out more about the high-tech toys being developed and used by engineers to make a better world. We are all aware of the skills shortages and terrific job opportunities, particularly in the South-East, so it is really encouraging to see the next generation having a high level of interest.”

Plans are already being made for next year’s Toys4Engineers event. Speaking live at the event on WLRFM, the IDA South-East Regional Manager Brendan McDonald said: “Events like Toys4Engineers showcase the various strengths of the South East Region and the professional, globally significant work that companies are delivering in the Region on a daily basis. The event highlighted the fact that traditional sectors such as Engineering are evolving and Advanced Manufacturing and collaboration with the Technology Sector is growing, making it more exciting than ever to be an Engineer – and more importantly that companies in the South East are not only adapting to the challenge of change but leading the way. It was also great to see so many secondary schools attend the event – it is clear that this event can be built upon in the years to come. IDA Ireland wishes Waterford Chamber, WIT and organising committee every success in the future.”

Toys4Engineers was sponsored by Siemens and supported by the IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Waterford Local Enterprise Office and Waterford Chamber Skillnet.

Presentations:

'Smartply Renewal at Belview Port' - Jim McCann, Medite Smartply

'IIoT keeps production rolling at Continental Tyres' - James Murtagh, Domino

'Applying Lean to a Product Design Process'Stephen Farrell, Inmasoll

'Technology of the new N25 Barrow Bridge, New Ross' - Declan Roche, BAM

'Robotics and the Future of Automation' - Bernard Bagley, KUKA Robotics

'IoT: Connecting Devices and Manufacturing Equipment to the Cloud' - Shane Robinson, Dataworks

18 SummerFiestaNetworks collaborate for fun Summer Fiesta

Four of Waterford’s business support agencies joined forces for a networking event at the River Cottage, designed to inform and assist Start-ups and SMEs.

Organised by Waterford Local Enterprise Office, Waterford Chamber, Waterford Chamber Skillnet and Waterford Micro Business Network, Summer Fiesta, had all the ingredients for a fun night out – live music, sangria, delicious Spanish inspired cuisine, Legacy Irish Craft Cider and Argentine Tango Dancers.

Opening the event, Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan said: “Networking and making new contacts is a key component to success in business. Events like this are the perfect platform to do that and it’s encouraging to see so many new businesses here starting on their own journey.”

Jacqui Gaule, Waterford Local Enterprise Office also said: “Having a collaborative event like this is fantastic as it showcases what supports are out there for new and small businesses. We are all here to help in various ways and encourage you all to make the most of what we can offer.”

During the evening, MC and Chairperson of Waterford Micro Business Network Joyce O’Carroll introduced a panel of business owners, including Tom Carroll, Tom’s Cases; Nuala Treacy Browne, Meraki Marketing; Michael Kelly, GIY and Margaret Fleming, DessertFirst, who offered words of wisdom on the Perils and Pearls of Business.

Waterford Walls were also present on the night with artist Estr creating a beautiful canvas, which was raffled off, bringing the night to a close.

For business support, please see www.localenterprise.ie/waterford, www.waterfordchamber.ie, www.waterfordskillnet.ie and www.waterfordmbn.com.

Mix Blackwater Distillery No.5 Gin with delicious cocktails from World Wide Wines and add some tasty treats from the Devil’s Menu and you had a recipe for success at Evoke German Kitchens for the Waterford Chamber Business After Hours.

Guests enjoyed the chance to network while also viewing the incredible craftsmanship of the bespoke kitchens in the magnificent showroom at Six Cross Roads.

Speaking at the event, Waterford Chamber Deputy President Kathryn Kiely said: “Evoke German Kitchens is a family business run by father and son Colm and Declan Furlong and it epitomises what is great about local business. Building a great team around you is the key to success and who better to work alongside than your family. Add to that a team of talented designers and craftsmen and you have a winning formula. To Declan, Colm, Sheena and all the team here can we congratulate you and wish you continued success.”

Speaking about what makes Evoke different from the rest, Managing Director of Evoke German Kitchens Declan Furlong said: “We opened our doors here in January 2015 with our core Evoke range and earlier this year we introduced our premium range, ‘Evoke Preference’, both of which are designed by the team here at Evoke and manufactured in our factories in Northern Germany. And today, we’re excited to launch our newest range in the Evoke collection – our Evoke Irish Handcrafted Kitchens, which are designed by ourselves and master-crafted here in County Waterford.”

The evening was made all the more enjoyable for Alastair Liddell of JumpTech Recruitment, a new business in Waterford, as he walked away with a top of the range Nespresso Machine, courtesy of Evoke German Kitchens.

Closing the event, MC for the evening, WLR's Teresanne O’Reilly said: “It has been a pleasure to spend the evening in the gorgeous surroundings of Evoke German Kitchens for another successful Waterford Chamber Business After Hours event. It's great to see so many people come along and get to know the people who are behind business in Waterford." 

The next Waterford Chamber Business After Hours takes place in Walsh’s Bakehouse on October 12th.

Presidents Lunch 2017

Food economy drives local economy says BIM CEO

Food was the focus at this year’s Waterford Chamber President’s Lunch as guest speaker Jim O’Toole, CEO of Bord Iascaigh Mhara joined Chamber President Paul Nolan, Group Development Manager at Dawn Meats, in addressing a capacity crowd at Waterford Castle.

The annual business lunch, which is sponsored by Cpl Resources, is one of the highlights on the Chamber calendar and brings together key stakeholders within the region for informal networking and a delicious meal, which of course featured Roast Sirloin of Beef from Dawn Meats and locally sourced fish.

Making his first corporate address as incoming President, Paul Nolan, in welcoming the large attendance, said: “Collectively we have achieved a lot to be proud of in Waterford in the toughest of times, particularly over the past decade. We look forward to the fruits of recent positive announcements but all of this will need state support in terms of increased capital spend, in which the Government has been lacking in ambition.”

Mr Nolan went on to say that it is incumbent on Government to seek whatever changes are necessary in state aid rules to re-direct 5% of its annual budgets for capital projects that the country, and particularly the South East urgently requires. He appealed to all business organisations in Waterford and the region to work together in highlighting the benefits of regional collaboration so that the strongest cohesive case can be made to Government.

Sharing his perspective on the importance of the food economy, Jim O’Toole said: “The interrelationships between the green economy and the blue economy in terms of sustainability and seafood are integral to driving and developing the local economy across the country, but never more so than in the South East. From Dunmore East to Kilmore Quay, the seafood industry is a vital cog in the region’s economy, right through to small artisan producers which are growing in numbers across Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny and beyond. Among them you have an industry that is vibrant, sustainable and above all a driver of job creation.”

The Waterford Chamber President’s Lunch is sponsored by Cpl Resources, with a drinks reception provided by Claire’s Cordials.

 

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