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70 jobs announced at Irish Process Automation Firm

SimoTech expands as it supports biosciences industry growth.

SimoTech, the largest Irish-owned process automation services and Manufacturing IT systems company for the pharma/biotech sector, has today announced the creation of 70 new jobs over the next two years. These jobs will be based in Ireland, including Carrigaline, Co Cork, where SimoTech has expanded to a new headquarters to facilitate its continued growth. 20 of these jobs will support SimoTech’s overseas work from Ireland, including its first contract in Singapore, working with a large vaccine provider on a major capital project in the APAC region.

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin welcomed the announcement and said: “SimoTech is a shining example of the type of technical innovation Ireland has to offer, and I’m delighted to see it expand its global footprint while creating high-skilled jobs at home. Biotech and pharma are crucial sectors for the Irish economy and having home-grown companies of the calibre of SimoTech is essential to that success.”

Pat Desmond, CEO of SimoTech, said: “SimoTech is an integral player in the global supply chain for pharmaceutical products, and in engineering the vital technologies that support their manufacture. Over the last three years, demand for automation expertise has allowed us to expand at a rate of 30% each year, doubling our client base. We have trebled our revenue to €14 million in 2020 and doubled our staff numbers in the last three years.“

Working with some of the largest biotech and pharma companies in the world, SimoTech has 85 staff working on projects across Ireland, the United States, Puerto Rico, Germany, and Singapore. The new roles will be created in the areas of Process Automation, Computer System Validation, Labs Informatics, IT Infrastructure and Project Management.

Mr Desmond added: “These new roles are just the first step, as we look at expanding our footprint in the years ahead across Europe, the US, and Asia, while still building from Cork. By embracing smart manufacturing technology, we are now able to provide 24/7, remote services to our clients, anywhere in the world. During the pandemic, that allowed these corporates to keep their plants operating, even when site visits were not possible due to restrictions. By providing these vital services remotely, we are also able to expand our business abroad while still supporting job creation at home in Ireland.”

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD said “The creation of these 70 new jobs over the next two years is really positive news for SimoTech. Many of these high-quality jobs will be based in the company’s new headquarters in Carrigaline, Co Cork, which will be a huge boost for the local community and economy. Congratulations to the entire SimoTech team. I wish them every success with this expansion.

Martin Corkery, Regional Director for the South and South East at Enterprise Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is a sign of major growth both in the company and in Ireland’s life sciences sector, which has demonstrated remarkable resilience throughout the pandemic. SimoTech is a great example of a true Irish success story, which has gone from strength to strength since it was founded just ten years ago. We look forward to continuing to work with the company and wish the team well in their future endeavours.”

SimoTech shortlisted for SFA Services Company of the Year Award

We’re delighted to be considered for this award. It is a fantastic recognition to all the management team and staff members in SimoTech for the great work they have done in achieving such significant growth in such a short period of time in a complex and challenging environment.

Our company has grown and evolved over the last 9 years from a small company that Pat Desmond started as a single automation consulting engineer, through to today, where we have become a major supplier of Automation IT engineering & expertise for the Life Sciences sector in Ireland, with over 16 multinational clients.

We believe that we have achieved our tremendous growth because of our commitment to our core principals of quality, integrity, hard work, focus, and respect. All the SimoTech staff share that commitment and this is demonstrated every day to our clients.

The SimoTech team are looking forward to the awards ceremony in March.

SimoTech awarded Enterprise Ireland’s Market Discovery Grant for North America

SimoTech are delighted to have been awarded Enterprise Ireland’s Market Discovery Grant for our expansion into North America. This will fund thorough research of this new geographical market and help us to identify relevant stakeholders, industry connections, and business opportunities. It will also help us to understand local regulations & requirements, so that we can develop a robust market strategy for meeting clients’ needs in the region. SimoTech has built up very strong relationships with our US clients and Industry partners and we have already received a warm reception from clients at the recent ISPE Conference. We are confident that we can expand our services into North America and we are looking forward to learning more about their challenges and how we can help.

The collaborative and supportive role that the team in Enterprise Ireland has provided to SimoTech has been fantastic. They have been on our journey with us as we enjoyed tremendous growth in recent years and share our success as we continue to expand. This investment and support from Enterprise Irelands Market Discovery Fund is testament to the faith they have in our company to succeed and to keep growing internationally as well domestically. They provide a great service to Irish companies and we are very grateful to them for their support & professionalism. We are looking forward very much to this new and exciting chapter for SimoTech in 2020 and to continuing that journey together with the Enterprise Ireland team.

SimoTech Certification to new ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System standard

At SimoTech our focus is on achieving high standards in all aspects of the services we deliver to our clients. Our Quality Objectives are at the centre of our business. We foster a culture of continuous improvement through managing and controlling our processes and monitoring and measuring our performance.

Identifying client requirements and delivering on those requirements to the client’s satisfaction is the ultimate goal of any Quality Management System. Achieving independent certification to new ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System standard demonstrates our ongoing commitment to meeting and exceeding client expectations.

SimoTech ‘Big 5’ Summer BBQ 2019

In July 2019 we celebrated the success of SimoTech in Coughlans Bar, Cork. This night was to thank everyone in SimoTech for their continued support over the past 5 years.

On the night we welcomed our 50th team member Stephen Barry, CEng MIEI.

Over the past year we have increased our workforce by 25% and added 5 new global clients and in 5 years have grown the company by 500%.

This is a fantastic achievement in such a short space of time. Thanks to an incredible team for all their contributions. Onwards and upwards!

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