Minister Bruton announces €12.9m of new business for Irish agricultural technology companies on Enterprise Ireland trade mission to France

Group photos with the three EI agricultural companies – Dromone, Dairymaster & Samco. Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation & Paul Kavanagh, Ireland Ambassador to France
Group photos with the three EI agricultural companies – Dromone, Dairymaster & Samco. Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation & Paul Kavanagh, Ireland Ambassador to France.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mr. Richard Bruton T.D today (Sunday 1 July 2012) announced a number of significant sales contracts by Enterprise Ireland client companies responding to opportunities in the French agricultural technology sector.

The announcement was made during the Enterprise Ireland trade mission to France led by Minister Bruton, and confirms the significant potential for Irish companies to increase the scale of exports with existing and new local partners in this key market. Irish companies Dromone, Samco and Dairymaster have all signed significant contracts to a total value of €12.9m with French partners. The announcement of these contracts confirms the depth of capability Irish companies have to offer in the agri-technology sector.

Making the announcement Minister Bruton said:  ‘I am delighted to announce €12.9m in new business in France for these three companies.  Central to the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is creating a powerful engine of indigenous business, and today’s announcement shows what is possible for innovative exporting companies operating in growth sectors. These are significant contract wins for ambitious outward-focused Irish firms and clearly demonstrate Ireland’s international reputation as a source of high quality products in the agri-technology sector.  Through continued implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs I am determined to ensure that we can replicate these wins and help create the jobs we need’.

Minister Bruton outlined details of the contracts as follows:
Dromone, based in Oldcastle, Co Meath, is a leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of safety critical coupling technology for the agriculture and construction markets.  The company has secured a €9.7 million contract with France’s largest exporter of agricultural products, AGCO Group based in Beauvais, France; Limerick based Samco, the agricultural manufacturing company,  signed their first contract with a French coop Cavac to the value of €220,000, to be a sole distributor of Samco machines and degradable plastic film for the Vendée region in West France;  And Tralee, Co Kerry company, Dairymaster, signed an exclusive contract with Genes Diffusion. The initial sales will deliver €3 million and the collaboration will allow Dairymaster to now deliver world class dairy equipment with the industry’s best fertility management system.

During the trade mission Minister Bruton will also attend the Sustainable Agriculture Forum in Brittany, organised by Enterprise Ireland.  This major event demonstrates the importance of the French market for the agricultural industry in Ireland and will be attended by a number of Irish companies showcasing the latest innovations in smart farming technology including Keenan, Tanco, C&F Green Energy and Monford Ag  Systems.

Enterprise Ireland’s CEO Frank Ryan who is accompanying Minister Bruton on the mission added:  ‘France is the 3rd largest export market for Irish-owned SMEs and with an impressive 14% growth rate in 2011 it presents significant opportunities for increased trade and partnerships between Irish and French companies.  Approximately 60% of these Irish companies are focused on the agri-food industry, especially agricultural machinery and technology.   This trade mission is about building on that success and supporting Irish companies to win more business and thereby increase exports, which will directly sustain and create jobs in Ireland’.

ENDS

For further information contact:

Eileen Banks
Enterprise Ireland,
Press Officer

Eileen Banks
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