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Waterford Chamber and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) are delighted to announce that Siemens has come on board as the lead sponsor for their Toys4.0 Engineers Conference & Expo, next Friday 22nd September at the WIT Arena.

With excellent technology and outstanding innovations, Siemens provides answers to the social, economic and environmental challenges of the 21st century and will be showcasing a range of their products at the event.

In thanking Siemens for their support, Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley said: “We are looking forward to working with Siemens for this exciting event which is free for the public to attend from 2pm to 5pm. There’s going to be so much to see - from robotics to virtual reality, drones to vision systems, 3D printers to electric cars. Siemens innovations and designs will certainly enhance the event for those not just from the broad engineering domain, but for anyone who has an interest in the latest toys, gadgets and technologies.”

Speaking about the collaboration, Carl Murphy, Siemens said: “Toys4.0 Engineers is a valued initiative for Siemens as we seek to position engineering as a fascinating, relevant and dynamic career for any young person. Siemens is very pleased to support an activity that engages and encourages young people to develop their engineering expertise to solve the problems faced by today’s society”.

Toys4.0 Engineers is broken into two sessions. The morning is a fee paying Conference for engineering personnel at all levels with seven technical presentations, supported by Waterford Local Enterprise Office and Waterford Chamber Skillnet. From 2pm the event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend. This afternoon Expo will include over 50 display stands by companies and organisations (regional, national and International) across a broad range of sectors including med-tech, pharma, food, infrastructure, energy and automotive.

“We are specifically inviting secondary school students, boys and especially girls, who are curious about a career in engineering to come along in the afternoon. There is also a strong focus on jobs with a number of leading recruitment agencies and HR Managers from participating companies at the display stands. Engineers looking for a new position, particularly those who want to move or return to the South-East, are encouraged to attend and check out the opportunities” said Dr. Ken Thomas, Head of School of Engineering at WIT.

The event is backed by the IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Engineers Ireland and SIMI. WLR FM will be also be broadcasting live from the Arena on the day. Toys4.0Engineers 2017 is sure to provide plenty of fun, learning and networking opportunities for all experienced and aspiring engineers out there – don’t miss it!

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

South East Chambers of Commerce would like to highlight their concern regarding the provision of emergency cardiac services for members, citizens and those choosing to visit or set up home in the South East region.

Without making specific commentary regarding individual areas within the South East region, the united Chambers are cognisant that the South East region is the only region where a 24/7 cardiac interventional service is not available to citizens.

Given recent events and taking into account the geography of the region and transit times to centres in Dublin or Cork, South East Chambers believe that extending the additional South East regional service at University Hospital Waterford to provide a 24/7 Cardiac Care service is now called for. This would place service options available to South East region citizens on a par with all other regions and this would demonstrate both equity in access and provide support to our existing regional health services in a region still trying to recover from recession.

South East Chambers also understand the economic case is well made to retain and enhance services in the region and believe that this offers further support to extending the service. South East Chambers are committed to fair and balanced representation of all member concerns as well as the needs of all regional citizens.

According to Gerald Hurley, Waterford Chamber CEO, “We believe the time has now come for this regional health policy to be reviewed again and for the requisite services to be properly resourced and provided to ensure fair and equal health access for all citizens of the region.

“24/7 Cardiac Care is a critical issue for all across the South East but it goes further than that. In terms of business and the economy it too plays a vital role. A reputation for poor health care in the region can have negative effects in terms of tourism, population growth and corporate investment. The campaign must and will continue for the future of the region.”

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