Xilinx, Inc Announce Irish Expansion
Xilinx have announced that they plan to invest $50million in an expansion programme at their Irish facilities. It is expected that 45 senior silicon and electronics engineering staff will be required in Dublin and Cork. 15 others will be employed across a range of disciplines at the company.
Currently Xilinx employs over 250 people in Dublin. The expansion was announced today by the Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD and Kevin Cooney, Corporate Vice President and Managing Director of Xilinx in Europe. The new investment is supported by the IDA.
Minister Richard Bruton said: “Central to the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is deepening and developing the impact of foreign direct investment here. We must not only seek to attract more investment and jobs from top multinational companies; we must also strive to ensure that more of them are carrying out strategic, high-value activities here based on research and development. Today’s announcement that Xilinx, a leading global semiconductor company, is making a further multimillion euro investment in Ireland with the creation of high-value engineering jobs is very welcome, and is a testament to the staff already here as well to Ireland’s international offering. We in Government are determined to build on announcements like this through the Action Plan for Jobs, and create the jobs we need”.
Kevin Cooney, Managing Director of Xilinx in Europe said: “We’re very pleased with this investment, which endorses the quality of advanced engineering and product development work being undertaken by Xilinx Ireland where everyone is an important contributor to the global success of the corporation. This expansion will provide a range of valuable career development opportunities for experienced engineers, as we continue to fulfil our strategic development responsibilities in Ireland. At the same time, it’s symbolic of our steadfast commitment to pioneering ‘all programmable’ technology innovation – far beyond our programmable logic roots – aimed at increasing customer value and expanding our reach to a broad base of design engineers and system architects.”
Welcoming the announcement, IDA Ireland CEO Barry O’Leary said “This strategic and multimillion R&D investment from Xilinx strengthens Ireland’s position as a leading location for cutting edge research in the technology space. This highly significant investment from a global leading ICT company is a further endorsement of Ireland’s continuing success in attracting FDI. I would like to offer Kevin Cooney, Managing Director of Xilinx in Europe and the team in Ireland my sincere congratulations for securing this mandate and to offer IDA’s continued support.”