Enterprise Ireland attended TU-Automotive Detroit to showcase some of the cutting-edge autotech technologies emerging from the country. Automotive News

Ireland’s innovative autotech industry is geared for extensive growth

Enterprise Ireland attended TU-Automotive Detroit to showcase some of the cutting-edge autotech technologies emerging from the country.

From the invention of color photography to the cure for leprosy, Ireland has long proven its inventive impact on the world. It is not only the land of saints and scholars but that of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs. Ireland is quietly becoming one of the world’s biggest developmental hotbeds for automotive technology, or autotech.

This is clear in the automotive sector with numerous Irish companies creating groundbreaking resources. From radar technologies to fleet tracking, companies like Arralis, EPS Global, Mergon and Provision CameraMatics are presenting what is on offer in terms of autotech in Ireland.

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Arralis is a rapidly scaling technology company that has just announced the launch of its new E-Band automotive radar system. The Corvus Radar exceeds what is available in the current automotive marketplace in detection range, elevation resolution, and scan area, enabling multiple 3D target detection at up to 300 m over a ±45° azimuth angle and ±7° elevation angle. With customers like the UK Ministry of Defence and the European Space Agency, Arralis is taking strides into the automotive industry.

EPS Global is a leading, privately-owned, component processing and sales organization servicing the electronic manufacturing and ICT industries including hyperscale data centres and financial services amongst others. In addition, EPS Global provides IC Programming services to Tier 1 automotive electronics suppliers and a number of large OEMs and CEMs in the consumer electronics space.

With customers like Audi, Honda, Tesla and more in the automotive space, Mergon works with leading OEMs and Tier 1 integrators to supply components and assemblies on time, with 100% accuracy. Mergon’s in-house tooling and automation teams utilise precision automation, robotics and vision system technologies to ensure it can supply technically demanding parts at competitive prices.

Provision combines telematics, live video, autonomous driving technology, smart cameras and sensors, and compliance apps to enable a fleet operator to manage driver and vehicle risk and accident management combined with operational efficiency. Their platform provides one system to manage all areas of fleet management.

“Ireland is quickly emerging as a hotspot for future vehicle technologies, and the TU Show is the first time Ireland will unveil its high-tech capabilities to the automotive industry in the Detroit region,” stated Ryan Shaughnessy, SVP of Industrial Technologies, Enterprise Ireland. “We hope TU Detroit is a building block in the foundation that helps put Ireland on the map as a go-to destination for innovative automotive technology solutions.”

Enterprise Ireland hosted an Ireland Pavilion at TU-Automotive Detroit 2019 in the Suburban Collection Showplace. Enterprise Ireland supports a cluster of 70+ leading Irish client companies with cutting-edge capabilities in CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electric vehicles).  Some of these companies have partnered with automotive OEMs and Tier 1s to bring new CASE technology to the market. More broadly, there is heavy investment from the Irish government in developing the connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) sector, including the development of a new CAV R+D test-bed site for 2020.

“Despite Ireland’s small size, the country has had a varied and vibrant history in the automotive industry. Companies like Arralis, EPS Global, Mergon and Provision showcase the innovative, highly-skilled workforce that the Irish automotive sector has produced and the impressive technologies that the industry continues to output,” noted Tom Kelly, Director of Innovation, Enterprise Ireland while speaking at the conference. The Director of Innovation lay emphasis on the ecosystem that is now in place in Ireland to drive the automotive industry, “Foreign Direct Investment along with Irish-owned firms, venture capital industries, and centers of research expertise are in place to support and grow the sector’s development.”

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