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Toys4Engineering Announcement

Robots, smart bikes, virtual reality, electric cars, vision systems, drones...it’s all going on at Toys4.0Engineers Conference & Expo at WIT Arena on 22nd September.

Organised by Waterford Chamber and Waterford Institute of Technology, Toys4.0Engineers is a must visit for CEOs, CTOs and Engineering personnel at all levels who are interested in advancing their knowledge of the latest technologies for adoption in their own companies, as well as those looking for a career in the engineering sector.

‘Industry 4.0’ is driving the Technology, Innovation and Recruitment agendas of companies in all sectors of the economy.  Engineers need to develop and use new ‘toys’ to address the many competitive challenges, including Robotics, Electric Vehicles, Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing, Big Data, Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Drones, Vision Systems, Green Energy, Sensors etc.

Supported by Waterford Local Enterprise Office and Waterford Chamber Skillnet, the conference will combine a series of technical presentations and cutting-edge demonstrations of advanced technologies from leading experts, including KUKA, Codico, BAM and Smartply, among others. Guest speaker at the morning conference is Andy Crowley, General Manager, TEVA Pharmaceuticals Ireland, who will discuss how advances in technology have impacted the Waterford manufacturing site over the years.

The day-long event will also contain a showcase of over 50 displays by companies and organisations (regional, national and International) across a broad range of sectors including med-tech, pharma, food, infrastructure, energy and automotive.

Launching the conference, Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said: “This is the fifth year of our Engineering Conference and in conjunction with Waterford Institute of Technology, we have stepped it up a gear to cater for a much wider audience. The morning conference will still retain the learning aspect for the engineering community, while the afternoon will appeal not just to those working in industry but also to anyone with an interest in the latest technologies, be it electric cars, drones or augmented reality. We are also delighted that SIMI are joining us for their own conference and will showcase the latest in electrics cars from various manufacturers.”

The morning conference, costing just €50, begins with registration at 8.30pm and concludes at 1pm, while the free exhibition, which is open to the public, runs from 2pm to 5pm.

There is also a recruitment side to Toys4.0Engineers, as Dr. Ken Thomas, Head of School of Engineering at WIT, explains. “Following on from recent discussions with companies in the South East who have increasing high-tech Engineering Recruitment and Skills Requirements, we are opening the doors for free to the public in the afternoon. Therefore, anybody looking to pursue a career in Engineering or perhaps move from their current role outside the SE region, are encouraged to come along and meet with the various HR Departments.”

With support from Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, Toys4.0Engineers 2017 is sure to provide plenty learning and networking opportunities to all experienced and aspiring engineers out there.

For more information see www.toys4engineers.ie or contact Lynda Lawton in Waterford Chamber on 051 311130.

Click here to download the conference brochure.

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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