More than 150 exporting companies at Limerick Manufacturing Show

There was a buzz of activity in Limerick as a major manufacturing exhibition took place in the city today.

Over 150 exporting companies were present on the Shannon University of Technology (Tus) campus in Moylish for the first Manufacturing Solutions Ireland conference since lockdown.

Businesses came from Britain, while many businesses from Limerick and the Midwest were also present for the event, allowing business owners to network and discover new markets.

The exhibition takes place today and yesterday and includes among other things a technology demonstration, a manufacturing supply chain exhibition and an opportunity to meet the various manufacturers.

Among those present was British Ambassador to Ireland Paul Johnston.

He said: “I think it’s an exciting time to be here. There are great opportunities for businesses in Limerick. There are opportunities through partnerships, exploring the UK market to see where they can develop their products and services. »

Despite Brexit, he pointed out that trade between Ireland and Britain still generates €1 billion a week.

Julia Moore, chief executive of the trade association GTMA which organized the event, added: “Events like this bring innovation and new ideas. When you are in a regional environment, similar to businesses in the UK, it is good to have people from other regions contributing their knowledge. »

Despite the lockdown, which has seen plans for an in-person exhibit frozen so far, she said interest has never waned.

“People who had booked for 2020 automatically committed to returning when he returned. So we started with a full backlog if you want, and gradually more people were added,” she explained, “We see very positive signs to get it going again next year and that’s Very important.

As part of the event, Mr Johnston spoke at a black-tie dinner for delegates at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Ennis Road on Wednesday evening.

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