AMAX, a leading manufacturer of dynamic Data Center & Cloud, custom Server Appliance and High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions, today announced the grand opening of its European manufacturing facility at Western Business Park.
The AMAX Ireland location will serve as the European manufacturing facility for AMAX’s x86-based server and rack solutions as well as a logistics hub, joining AMAX’s headquarters in Fremont, California in the U.S. as well as its multiple China facilities to create a comprehensive global footprint.
The facility will provide a hundred jobs over the next five years in production, warehousing, finance and sales in the local community.
“The Ireland facility significantly expands our ability, capacity and network throughout the EMEA region to meet the demands of our customers,” said Jean Shih, President, AMAX.
“With the opening of this new site combined with our existing offices and facilities worldwide, we demonstrate how AMAX is actively expanding its capacity and services to support its businesses and customers around the globe.”
Minister for Business & Employment, Ged Nash TD, said, “Today’s announcement by AMAX is fantastic news for Shannon and the greater Limerick and Clare areas. This new facility will bring a very welcome jobs boost to the region and is a real vote of confidence in the Shannon area and the calibre of the workforce available here.”
“AMAX’s decision to base their European manufacturing facility in Shannon shows the potential for Ireland to attract high quality manufacturing to the regions.”
Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland also welcomed the announcement, saying: “It is great news that a global company of the calibre of AMAX has decided to locate its European manufacturing facility in Shannon, especially as it is their first European manufacturing facility and is creating a hundred jobs.”
He continued: “There is huge growth potential in the whole ICT sector with demand from multiple industry spheres for cloud, big data applications and high performance computing. I see a bright future for this company here in Shannon.”
Cllr. John Crowe, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council says today’s official opening by AMAX Information Technologies of its European manufacturing facility demonstrates that the wider Mid West region remains an attractive location for investment.
“This announcement represents one of the most significant jobs boosts since IDA Ireland assumed responsibility for attracting foreign direct investment into the Region. It also represents one of the first landmark industrial successes for Shannon Group PLC since Shannon’s industrial zone was brought under its remit,” Cllr. Crowe stated at today’s official opening.
“We have come a long way from a situation five years ago when numerous negative jobs announcements and a lack of major investment raised fears of a decline in the local IT and manufacturing sectors. However, successive positive jobs announcements by a number of companies, including AMAX, have served as a shot in the arm to Shannon and the wider Mid West. I believe we can build on these announcements and that the key factors required to building on this success already exist,” added the Cathaoirleach.
He continued: “We are fortunate to possess a pool of highly qualified and competent Third Level graduates in this region, while Shannon Airport offers quality connectivity to international markets while our motorway network ensures others parts of Ireland are easily within reach. Both IDA Ireland and Shannon Group have invested time, resources and expertise in mapping out the future growth and development of this industrial zone.”
“Combined these factors have led to is a positive operating environment in Clare and this is encouraging companies to relocate here or expand their existing operations. Now that AMAX has committed itself to growing an operation here in Shannon, it is important the necessary agencies support the company in its endeavours,” concluded Cllr. Crowe.
Fine Gael Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pat Breen, commented: ““These jobs will be crucial to the ongoing economic recovery of Shannon and things are looking up for wider Clare area with Shannon Airport and tourism figures going from strength to strength.”
“There is a perception out there that the economic recovery is only happening in Dublin. This is not actually true. Recent Enterprise Ireland (EI) figures showed that 70% of the extra EI jobs created in 2014 were outside Dublin. Since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012, the live register has fallen by 20% in Clare. These are more than just meaningless statistics. They are people who are back in the work place, getting their lives back on track, maybe even returning from emigration and in turn helping their local economies with their increased earnings. The Government has a sustainable plan to reduce the tax on work and ensure that people have a little more in their pockets, which in turn, stimulates the economy to continue growing,” adde Deputy Breen.
Fine Gael Clare TD Joe Carey, said the jobs announcement is “testament to Government creating the right conditions for job creation, and is a vote of confidence in Shannon and the Mid-West region”.
“The fact that this major international company has decided to locate its European headquarters in Shannon together with its logistics hub, is a strong vote of confidence in the region, in Government policy, and in Ireland as a whole. The jobs being created will be in production, warehousing, finance and sales. AMAX has been supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland, who have been strongly involved in assisting AMAX’s expansion in Ireland,” he added.
AMAX’s worldwide locations include headquarters in Fremont, CA and offices in Texas to serve North America as well as Suzhou and Shanghai offices to support the APAC regions. Beyond its technology solutions, AMAX offers a comprehensive menu of services including engineering solution design, global logistics & certification support, and the ability to build and ship fully custom-branded server-to-rack level appliance solutions for its customers globally. The new AMAX Ireland location allows AMAX to extend these same technologies and services to the EMEA market, bringing Silicon Valley innovation to the doorstep of the European continent.