An estimated 400 delegates attended this week’s National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition in the Aviva Stadium. The sold-out signs were posted on the event website in the lead-up to the conference and it was standing room only in a packed exhibition suite. The event was ably chaired by Sean Gallagher of Dragon’s Den fame who ensured a fast pace was maintained throughout.
A number of fascinating presentations were made by companies such as Bristol-Myers Squib, Pfizer and Eli Lilly. For many the key benefit of the day was the opportunity to network with customers, prospects and even competitors and the 42 exhibitor stands were busy for the duration of the event.
The key take-away messages from the conference are that Irish manufacturing is alive and indeed thriving. Irish factories are set for a 15 year output record with a surge in new orders driving manufacturing to its fastest rate of expansion since 1999. Industrial output is up by 32% on an annual basis. Government is planning to create 20,000 manufacturing jobs by 2016. Today, manufacturing in Ireland employs 210,000 people directly and over 400,000 people across all skill levels when indirect employment in taken into consideration.
For Roomex the event was a great opportunity to showcase our service to key stakeholders in the Food, Beverage, Pharma, Chemical, Electronics, Medical Devices and Engineering industries. We are fortunate to have clients in all of these categories and there was sufficient interest at the event to indicate that plenty of new companies will soon by using Roomex for Business.
The growth in manufacturing output will inevitably lead to increased corporate travel both in Ireland and internationally and our CEO, Jack Donaghy, had the opportunity to address the large attendance to outline exactly how Roomex is already helping many large Irish international companies to save time and money on their work-related hotel spend.