A US company has chosen Shannon as the location of its European Centre of Excellence, creating 25 roles over the next five years.
Exida, a world leader in functional safety, industrial cybersecurity, and alarm management, provides certification, services, assessments, and tools to a number of industries. Company CEO Chris O’Brien said, “We are very excited to launch Exida IRL to provide local support for our European customers and expand Exida’s technical capabilities.”
There were several factors that led to choosing Ireland for this expansion, said Mr O’Brien, including proximity to European customers, strong local talent pool to recruit from, support from IDA Ireland, and the country’s proven track record for foreign direct investment.
Exida director Iwan van Beurden said, “Initial hiring is already completed for the Shannon office and our plans are to bring the total staff count up to 25 in the next three to five years. This staff will allow us to expand our software development capability and resource EU projects.”
“The process of setting up a new office completely virtually was quite smooth, IDA Ireland was there to help and provided excellent support through many net meetings,” added Mr van Beurden.
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said, “I warmly welcome Exida’s decision to locate its new Centre of Excellence in Shannon. This will bring 25 highly skilled jobs to the Mid-West over the next three to five years.
“Exida is a world leader in a highly specialist field and it will be a welcome addition to the business ecosystem in the region.”
CEO of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan said, “Due to travel restrictions, the US-based team at Exida experienced Shannon and the Mid West’s unique value proposition, through IDA Ireland’s Remote Site Visit hub. I wish to congratulate the team at exida and assure them of IDA Ireland’s continued support.”