Abbeyfeale company getting back to work

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Repro Free Kostal, the Limerick based manufacturer of automotive electronic systems, has announced a major €800,000 R&D programme with Lero, the Irish Software SFI Research Centre to develop a smart assembly line of the future. Lero partner IT Tralee will lead the two-year programme working with the University of Limerick. Funding for the research is being backed by Science Foundation Ireland. Kostal, the Limerick based manufacturer of automotive electronic systems, has announced a major €800,000 R&D programme with Lero, the Irish Software SFI Research Centre to develop a smart assembly line of the future. Lero partner IT Tralee will lead the two-year programme working with the University of Limerick. Funding for the research is being backed by Science Foundation Ireland. Picture shows from left Kieran O’Donoghue, Assembly and Test Manager, Kostal Ireland and Dr Joseph Walsh, Head of the School of STEM and Lero researcher at IT Tralee. Photo By : Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD © Tralee Co Kerry Ireland Phone Mobile 087 / 2672033 L/Line 066 71 22 981 E/mail - [email protected] www.dwalshphoto.com

GERMAN electronic component manufacturers, Kostal, announced its decision to implement a phased resumption of operations at its Abbeyfeale plant in County Limerick this week.

Last month, the company, which employ over 1,000 staff in its Limerick and Cork plants, ceased operations because of the Covid-19 crisis.

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This Wednesday, Kostal said it had taken the decision to implement a phased resumption in response to a gradual return of demand for their products in markets where automotive production has started to resume.

“We expect up to 10 per cent of our staff back on site this week. Both sites will be implementing and strictly adhering to social distancing and other measures HSE guidelines.”