€7million Siemens investment highlights Shannon’s tech growth

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Siemens Director of Engineering John Bolger (centre) with Anne-Marie Tierney le Roux and Robert Byrne from IDA Ireland at the Siemens plant on the Shannon Free Zone.

THE enterprising spirit that established Shannon as an international centre for manufacturing industry is now helping it evolve into a world leader in digital technology.

That’s the view of Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey who described a €7 million investment by Siemens in a new research and development facility as the latest endorsement of Shannon’s status as a centre of excellence for High Performance Computing (HPC) and Cloud Software Development.

“Confirmation that Siemens Digital Industries Software will establish its first software research and development centre in Shannon comes just a week after the opening of the Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI) test centre for mobility technologies on the Free Zone,” Deputy Carey added.

“Apart from the 25 new jobs that will be created over the next three years, the fact that the new facility will focus on HPC for semiconductor design helps underline Shannon’s reputation for world-class research and development in the digital technology sector. 

“The project, which is supported by IDA Ireland, will deliver cutting edge cloud HPC environments for Siemens Electric Design Automation (EDA) workloads,” the Clare TD explained.

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Siemens EDA, formerly Mentor Graphics, has had a significant presence in Shannon for over 20 years, delivering key financial and business operations worldwide.

The Shannon operation of Siemens Digital Industries Software currently employs 150 people and is continually growing.

The rapidly expanding software R&D group is recruiting for roles related to a multi-cloud hybrid PaaS/SaaS project including Cloud Infrastructure, Software Development, Application Security, DevOps, HPC & EDA.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the €7 million investment demonstrated the skill and reputation of the company’s existing staff in Shannon that such a significant investment would be made in such an area of importance for the company.

Siemens EDA Vice President Joe Sawicki said they were excited about the new R&D division in Shannon focusing on Cloud development.

The cloud represents a step change in capability for our Electronic Design Automation  customers and harnessing its potential will be key for our continued success.”

Shannon Site Lead Martin Gennery said that Siemens had demonstrated its continued commitment to Shannon as a strategic location by choosing it as the location for its first software R&D division in Ireland.

“Due to Shannon’s central location in the Mid West between Limerick and Galway it has always attracted top talent. This expansion offers an opportunity to work on the latest technologies while benefiting from the work life balance delivered by hybrid working,” he added.