Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D. led a two day Enterprise Ireland trade visit to Germany on 14th and 15th November 2017. Central to the itinerary were two world-renowned trade fairs: Medica, the leading global event for manufacturers of medical technologies, and Agritechnica the world’s largest exhibition for agricultural innovations.
As part of the trade mission to Germany, Minister Breen also officiated at the opening of Irish medtech company Aerogen’s new German commercial headquarters today. A world leader in aerosol drug delivery, the opening of Aerogen’s office in Germany, underpins Aerogen’s strengthening position in the German market, as it expands its international presence. The Galway headquartered company now has offices in the UK, France, Germany, China, the United States, and The Middle East.
Germany is a key export market for Ireland. Enterprise Ireland client exports from Ireland to Germany in 2016 were €960 million (up from €927 million in 2015), a growth rate of almost 4%, making Germany the 3rd most important export market for client companies.
Thirty-two medtech companies from Ireland will have a presence at Medica which expects over 120,000 attendees between 13th and 16th November. Minister Breen will meet Irish companies at their exhibits on the Enterprise Ireland pavilion, including; Aerogen, Croom Precision, CF Pharma, EireChrom (P4ML), Fleming Medical, Novaerus, PMD Solutions, and Synecco.
Eighteen Enterprise Ireland Agritech clients will showcase their innovative products, services and technologies to potential customers at Agritechnica in Hanover which anticipates audience numbers of 450,000 between 12th and 18th November.
Exhibiting at the Enterprise Ireland stand at Agritechnica are; Abbey Machinery, Athlone Extrusions Ltd, DeadDock Ltd., Doyle Engineering, Malone Farm Machinery Ltd., Mastek Ltd., and Toughline Manufacturing.
Speaking on his arrival in Germany Minister Breen said “Germany is a leading industrial nation in life sciences, agri-tech, automotive, software and engineering services. The trade mission is critical for providing a platform for Irish companies to present their innovative solutions and network with leading medtech and agritech professionals and Enterprise Ireland is supporting 50 Irish companies to showcase their Irish advantage to over half a million attendees at Medica in Dusseldorf and Agritechnica in Hanover.
“The opening of Aerogen’s new German office is yet another milestone in the company’s successful export strategy, which is not only creating jobs in Ireland, but in Germany and around the world. Ireland is now globally recognised as a major centre of excellence in the medical technologies sector and Aerogen is a prime example of a hugely successful Irish medical technologies company, whose success has been built on innovation and having global ambition right from the start.”
Dr. Tom Kelly, Divisional Manager, Industrial, Lifesciences & Consumer at Enterprise Ireland said; “Ireland’s medtech sector now consists of over 250 Enterprise Ireland client companies, with over €2bn in sales, over €1.62bn in exports and employs 8,442 people. Enterprise Ireland currently has 123 clients in the agritech sector which exported goods and services valued at over €254m in 2016”.