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Members of staff at Element Six Shannon setting out on their 6km charity walk to raise funds for Cahercalla and Milford Hospices as part of the Shannon plant’s 60th anniversary celebrations. Photography by Eugene McCafferty

Element Six marks 60 years in Shannon

Element Six is marking 60 years of operations in Shannon today.

First established in 1961, the Element Six Limited facility in Shannon develops and manufactures synthetic diamond solutions supplying global Oil & Gas, Automotive & Aerospace and Mining & Construction industries. Since 2017, the company has invested €16m on the Shannon site and has created 100 jobs in the area, bringing the total number of people employed to over 500.

Over the next three years Element Six Limited will embark on further significant infrastructure programmes aimed at paving the way for the site’s future and improving the overall operational efficiency at its Shannon facility.

Commenting on the anniversary Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD said, “I’d like to congratulate the entire team at Element Six on reaching their diamond anniversary. It’s an incredible milestone and I know the company is proud of its long history in Shannon, employing over 500 people. Thank you for your continued commitment to Ireland and all the best for the next 60 years.”

At the opening of a new wellness garden in Element Six this week as part of the Shannon plant’s 60th anniversary celebrations were Mary Lynch (HR manager), Walter Hühn (CEO) and Stephen Linnane (General Manager). Photography by Eugene McCafferty.

Walter Hühn, CEO at Element Six, added “We are thrilled to celebrate this significant milestone – a diamond anniversary, fittingly – with our local and global teams. This is an opportunity to remember the past we built our foundations upon, but also – crucially – to remain focussed on the road yet to come, our journey into a modern future where sustainability and digital transformation will not be finite projects to complete, but rather states of perpetual agility, enabling us to dynamically adapt to new market trends and customers’ needs.”

He continued: “With that in mind, today marks not only six decades of fostering talent, manufacturing excellence and diamond innovation in Shannon, but also building and nurturing a community that is at the heart of what we do, underpinned by the same values we upheld 60 years ago. Those values are embedded in the DNA of our company and its people, and will continue to be the driving force in ensuring a prosperous future for Element Six”.

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