Emerald Aero Group reaching new heights for Regional Development
Emerald Aero Group was delighted to welcome Damien English TD, Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, to Takumi Precision Engineering following the launch of the Mid-West Regional Enterprise Plan. The Minister was accompanied by Kieran O’Donnell TD and Paraic Rattigan, Programme Manager for Mid-West Regional Enterprise Plan.
Emerald Aero Group, has been formally in operation since 2017, and is a leader in industry led clusters across the island of Ireland. Minister English, Deputy O’Donnell and representatives of Enterprise Ireland along with other state organisations met with a cohort of Emerald Aero Group members to hear for themselves what the group considers to be key success factors of the Cluster.
The Minister engaged with Donal Galligan, CEO of Takumi and Fiona Murphy, Takumi Marketing Manager. Takumi are a founding member of Emerald Aero Group and their Founder & Chairman Gerry Reynolds is Chairman of the Emerald Aero Group. Shirley Walsh, MD of Shannon Coiled Springs was also in attendance, along with Theresa Mulvihill, Manager of Emerald Aero Group.
Minister English said, “I am very impressed by the unique collaboration developed within the cluster and the innovation gains made to help develop enterprise opportunities among the group. Its success, and the value for money that has been achieved from the REDF funding is clear to see from the presentations and discussions we held, and hopefully this visit will be of benefit to the Cluster and Takumi on their plans going forward.”
Often referred to as the co-opetition cluster, members of the group gave a presentation where they shared a sense of how they have found strength in numbers to reach new heights in the global aerospace sector. Minister English and Kieran O’Donnell TD were given an overview of the work which Emerald Aero Group undertakes including the progression and positioning of Ireland as a real contender for Aerospace business globally.
Donal Galligan said, “One of the key success factors within the cluster has been the collaboration and knowledge sharing around the use and implementation of digitisation as an essential tool in our sector.”
Following the briefing Minister English and Deputy O’Donnell were welcomed by members of Takumi staff while taking part in a site tour of the facility.