Irish-UK trade relations to the fore at LIT event

Irish-UK trade relations to the fore at LIT event


Irish-UK trade relations are to the fore of this year’s Manufacturing Solutions Ireland event, as the manufacturing supply chain roadshow and conference, hosted by GTMA* and LIT, has already confirmed more than 100 exhibitors and participants from both sides of the Irish Sea.

Now in its third year, the popular event has grown to include a Meet-the-Manufacturer brokerage event for the very first time.

In collaboration with the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Northern Ireland and Enterprise Europe Network Ireland, the brokerage event will be held in LIT in parallel to Manufacturing Solutions 2019. Key manufacturing companies, will have the opportunity to meet suppliers during effective one-to-one meetings in a structured and managed event.

Manufacturing Solutions Ireland 2019 has also expanded to include a special designated zone for Irish SMEs organised by the PTMA **(Precision Turned Parts Manufacturers Association) who will highlight their members’ capabilities, products and services as a collective body.

An Energy Efficiency in Industry Conference will also be co-hosted at the event for the first time.

Manufacturing Solutions Ireland will be held at the Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish Camps on Wednesday June 12, 2019 from 8.30am.

In the past three years the event has grown to become one of the most significant dates in the calendar for the most advanced providers of metrology, inspection, machine tools, work holding, cutting tools, and Cad/Cam/PLM manufacturing software and ancillary products and services providers on both sides of the Irish Sea.

The importance of this year’s event so close to the Brexit deadline of October 31, 2019 is not lost on the organisers or participants as early registration is at an all time high.

Dean of Faculty of Applied Science, Engineering & Technology Maria Kyne; President of LIT, Professor Vincent Cunnane; CEO, GTMA, Julia Moore, and General Manager, GTMA David Beattie.

GTMA Chief Executive Officer, Julia Moore, said “When we brought Manufacturing Solutions to LIT for the first time in 2017 we were very aware of the importance of creating strong working relationships between Irish and UK companies as we approached Brexit, but what we achieved far surpassed those hopes.

“The enthusiastic response we have received from the engineering and technology businesses based in the UK and Ireland, that constitute the exhibitors and visitors alike, highlights the value of this quickly established key event in the industrial calendar.

“Manufacturing Solutions Ireland has earned a strong reputation for bringing together all the leading technology suppliers from Ireland, the UK and indeed Europe. Though this event the GTMA and LIT are providing an ideal conduit for the transfer of technology from the specialist suppliers to the practical industrial landscape, where its take-up and practical application can be used to gain a competitive business advantage.”

President of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “LIT is delighted to host the GTMA conference and trade show – Manufacturing Solutions – for the third consecutive year.

“Limerick Institute of Technology is a higher education institution which plays a leading role in ensuring that manufacturing in the Mid West region of Ireland continues to have the ability to adapt,  change and remain at the cutting edge when it comes to technology. GTMA brings all the leading technology suppliers together, so that industry can also benefit from our collective knowledge, products and technology.

“We at LIT are therefore delighted to be part of an event that not only allows us to build strong partnerships but facilitates an exchange of ideas,” he added.

Manufacturing Solutions 2019 is also supported by PTMA, Enterprise Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Limerick Chamber, Shannon Chamber and Regional Skills.

The event will take place in LIT, Moylish Campus on Wednesday June 12, 2019 from 8.30am to 5pm.

For more information and to register for the showcase, please visit


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.