Oct 20, 2017

Henkel to receive Irish Government support for Additive Manufacturing Operation in Tallaght

Henkel Ireland announced today that it is to receive support from the Irish government – through IDA Ireland – to support a major Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) project in Tallaght. The global company, which also owns beauty care and laundry & home care divisions, is the world’s largest adhesives manufacturer and in Dublin, Henkel has a significant manufacturing and R&D operation for a wide range of adhesive technologies, serving a global market.

Henkel’s Additive Manufacturing project involves highly skilled scientists and engineers working to develop new advanced materials for use in precision manufacturing industries, such as medical devices, automotive and aerospace.

The Adhesive Technologies business unit is developing novel materials customized for various 3D Printing processes and technologies and is constantly expanding partnerships with global technology leaders. Ireland was selected because of the country’s strength in high value medical device R&D and manufacturing, coupled with a growing investment profile in Additive Manufacturing. Henkel’s R&D team based in Tallaght has a wealth of scientific knowledge and experience in developing adhesive technologies with existing capability to develop 3D printing materials.

Welcoming the announcement, An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald TD said: “This is very welcome news by Henkel, which already employs 400 people in its operations in Dublin. Additive Manufacturing is a new and very innovative development for the manufacturing sector and this technology is likely to have a significant impact globally when its potential is fully developed. We very much appreciate Henkel's investment and the quality jobs being provided, which will help put Ireland at the forefront of a new and exciting chapter in manufacturing.”

Henkel Technology Centre Director, Dr Matthew Holloway, said: “I’m excited that the IDA is supporting this R&D Project. Additive Manufacturing will be a significant disruptor to future manufacturing methodologies and it is important for the team in Ireland to help shape this change. We have a proven track record of developing world-class adhesives and look forward to focusing our expertise on creating new chemistries and technologies for 3D Printing. Henkel recognises the strength of relationships with the research community in Ireland and this will enhance our capability to innovate.”

Speaking following the announcement Martin Shanahan CEO of IDA Ireland said: “As a long-standing client employing 400 people, IDA Ireland works very closely with Henkel. This move is a significant departure for Henkel into a new emerging technology. I have no doubt that the company will be able to successfully utilise their wealth of scientific knowledge with adhesive technologies to produce innovative additive manufacturing technologies. Henkel’s investment will help to further develop a pronounced national competency in high performance materials for additive manufacturing.

Ireland is ranked as one of the best countries in the world for business with top rated resilient supply chains which has enabled companies like Henkel to thrive and succeed here.”

Read more in The Irish Times online.