Ken Murphy (Director, CareerWise Recruitment) recently attended the opening of a new food grade production facility at Protech Plastics (part of One51) in EastGate, Little Island. Protech is one of the leading plastics design and manufacturing companies in Europe and is the only one approved by the Chinese government to manufacture baby formula containers. It is the country’s first rigid plastic food packaging plant.
The company is currently producing 22 million anti-contamination lids at its plant in Little Island every year. Protech has also patented a completely new way of storing paint in plastic containers.
Michael Creed T.D. & Minister for Agriculture opened the building and indicated that the future for the food production sector in Ireland is very strong.
He had just returned from a trade mission to China which has a retail food consumption spend of 800 Billion Euro and Ireland is only hitting a fraction of the market primarily on infant milk formula.
Ken Murphy graduated from University College Cork in 1987 with an Electrical Engineering degree before moving to the US as a Network Design Engineer with BellSouth Corporation. His return to Ireland in 1989 heralded a career which concentrated on the multinational sector, and involved working with companies such as Apple Computer, Cabletron, FMC Automotive, Moog, General Semiconductor and Technicolor.
Ken is a specialist in quality management, purchasing, logistics and supply chain management. He has significant expertise and experience in managing the changing demands of the global media, electronics and automotive sectors at operational and project management levels.
Ken leads CareerWise Recruitment’s Cork operations. He has served on local and national committees of IPICS (The Supply Chain Management Institute), CIPD, the Cork Electronics Industry Association (CEIA), and has completed a three-year term as Chair of the UCC Alumni Board.
Ken has recently been elected as a Director of the Cork Chamber for a four year term to help promote business and drive policy objectives for the Cork Region
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