The Canadian company Optel Vision has announced plans to create 140 new jobs in Limerick as part of a major expansion plan. Optel, which specialises in the development and manufacture of so-called ‘Track&Trace’ vision inspection solutions for manufacturers, is to establish an EMEA manufacturing and operations centre at the former ON Semiconductor facility at Raheen Business Park.
This expansion, which is supported by IDA Ireland, represents Optel Vision’s first operation and engineering service outside of North America as it moves to build up its presence in the European market. The roles will be created over three years in engineering, design, assembly, testing, customer support, sales, HR, finance and administration activities. Initially the company is looking to hire project engineers and technicians with a mechatronics background to deliver its Track and Trace Solutions.
“Design and Integration of our solutions required a lot of highly skilled persons. Ireland is offering us this unique opportunity in finding motivated and trained resources ready to support our European customers. With the urgency to ensure public safety against counterfeited products, our Ireland operation will position us to be the leading supplier in Europe delivering best quality solutions”
Louis Roy, Optel’s Chief Executive
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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