About Irish Manufacturing Research
Our mission & goals
- Addressing cross-sector manufacturing challenges
- Productivity and Sustainable Manufacturing Solutions
- Industrial Networks (ICMR & i2e2) enabling peer-2-peer knowledge sharing & informing Industry focused research
- Independent & embedded research
- Enable Ireland as a global leader in advanced manufacturing
Our industrial networks
Our two Industrial networks, ICMR and i2e2, have demonstrated productivity improvements and efficiency saving opportunities, in excess of €20M for member and partner companies through embedded pilots. We have achieved this through delivery of enterprise-ready solutions in areas such as schedule optimisation, operations simulation, knowledge management, HVAC commissioning and energy-efficiency. We are open to all levels of collaboration with manufacturing companies (SME & large/MNC) and partner research institutes.
How we engage with companies
- One on one & thematic workshops
- Willing to meet companies and map factories to understand best value add
- Use usual mechanisms of Innovation Vouchers & Partnerships, Contract Research, Core funded Collaborative research (especially with cross-sector of companies in ICMR & i2e2)
- Not wanting to re-invent wheel; if companies have a solution that matches company needs, we can use underlying network organisations to assist dissemination
Facts about manufacturing in Ireland today
If ever there was a question about why RnD should be invested in Manufacturing here are some economic reasons.
- 4,000 manufacturing enterprises in Ireland. Irish Manufacturing Research’s door is open to all manufacturers.
- 159,000 people employed, often in high end technical roles
- 24% contribution to total economic output
- 2nd largest employer in Ireland
- Indigenous sectors account for 60% of Manufacturing
- Manufacturing firms invest over €3.4B in the Irish Economy
- Manufacturing pays €6.5B in wages and €7.8B in labour costs
- 71% of all manufacturers export
- 82% of Manufacturing employment is based in the regions – IMR has already just set up an Additive Research Lab in Mullingar.