Minister Bruton announces new export contracts worth €8million during trade mission to Canada

Enterprise Ireland reports on successful 3-day Trade Mission to Canada accompanied by 30 companies

12th November 2012: A total of €8million in new business contracts were announced by Irish companies, and a further five significant new Irish-Canadian partnerships were announced during the trade mission to Canada led by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD.

Pictured on a trade mission to Canada are (l-r): Frank Ryan, CEO Enterprise Ireland, Simon Walsh, Lincor and Minster Richard Bruton T.D.
Pictured on a trade mission to Canada are (l-r): Frank Ryan, CEO Enterprise Ireland, Simon Walsh, Lincor and Minster Richard Bruton T.D.

Minister Bruton returned to Ireland this weekend following the 3-day Enterprise Ireland trade mission on which he was accompanied by Enterprise Ireland officials as well as 30 Irish companies seeking to grow their exports to Canada, ranging from high-potential start-ups employing fewer than five people to more established businesses employing over 3,500.

The contracts and partnerships secured during the trade mission include:

  • Lincor Solutions, a life sciences company based in Cork, announced over $4 million CAN in new business with hospitals in Quebec and Newfoundland.
  • Leading Edge Group (Cork), a business process and consultancy company announced several major contracts worth over $350,000 CAN with new clients including the Ministry of Health in Alberta and Toyota dealerships in Quebec and Ontario.
  • FINEOS Corporation, based in Dublin, a provider of claims management software, announced a significant contract with the Manitoba Teachers Society, to manage claims and payments from its employee benefits plan.
  • Dundalk-based Multihog Ltd announced a significant deal with Vancouver Airport to supply three Multihog base vehicles and a wide range of attachments. The machines supplied for Vancouver will primarily be used for snow clearance and de-icing around parked aircrafts.
  • Waterford company ZolkC announced that they are providing interpretive audio tours for over 20,000 Canadian users at two of the top Canadian tourist sites. The CN Tower turned green during the Minister’s visit to mark the announcement.

The aim of the trade mission was to cement and build on links and open new doors for increased export business. Exports to Canada by Enterprise Ireland clients rose by 19% to €224m in 2011. Significantly, it is hoped that exports for 2012 will increase by a further 20%.

Speaking following his return to Ireland Minister Bruton said:

“Central to the Government’s plan for jobs and growth is creating a powerful engine of indigenous enterprise. Indigenous exporting companies currently directly and indirectly employ over 300,000 jobs in Ireland. If we are to create the jobs and growth we need we must build on this to improve the performance of our domestic industries, and through the Action Plan for Jobs we are providing a range of improved supports to help achieve this.

“The intensive programme of trade and investment missions which I – along with many other Ministers – have led since taking office is a major part of this. The 30 companies who accompanied us on this mission to Canada have seen significant benefits in terms of new business won and new contacts made which will lead directly to increases in exports and ultimately more jobs in Ireland. I commend the companies, Enterprise Ireland all involved in the preparation and execution of this successful trade mission. Through continued strong implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs I am determined to ensure that we can continue our strong export performance, create a powerful engine of indigenous enterprise and create the jobs we need”.

Frank Ryan, CEO, Enterprise Ireland commented:

‘The objective of this mission was to develop partnerships and grow sales for Irish companies in Canada. All events on the trade mission were aimed at opening doors for Irish companies and paving the way for more Irish exports into Canada. The impact of export success in markets such as Canada on the Irish economy is significant. Indigenous Irish companies are responsible for the direct and indirect employment of more than 300,000 people in every town and village in Ireland. The performance of Irish exporters in Canada is to be commended. Enterprise Ireland will continue to provide every support to Irish companies to secure more business in Canada and North America, boosting the economy and sustaining and creating much needed jobs in Ireland.

’Canada is an extremely important market for Irish companies, and the expected 20% growth in exports to Canada by Enterprise Ireland client companies in 2012 clearly demonstrates that there are significant, tangible opportunities for increased trade and partnerships between Irish and Canadian companies.’

For further information contact:

Ciara Concannon
Press Manager
Enterprise Ireland
Tel. +353 1 7272284 or 087-2043435

Patrick Cluskey
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Tel. 087-3748301


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Over the course of the three-day trade mission, Minister Bruton participated in a total of over 20 meetings and engagements including:

  • 17 meetings and events with Irish exporting companies targeting the Canadian market, Canadian companies who may offer opportunities to them, as well as other Irish and Canadian business leaders in targeted sectors.
  • 3 interviews with Canadian broadcast media, as part of the ongoing plan by the Government to rebuild Ireland’s reputation abroad.
  • A meeting with the Canadian Minister for Finance, as part of a programme to improve opportunities for Irish companies, as well as discussing other issues.

This is Minister Bruton’s twelfth major trade/investment mission since taking office in March 2011. Other missions undertaken include:

  • Five IDA investment missions, two to the USA east coast, two to the west coast and one encompassing the East Coast, South and Mid-West.
  • Three Enterprise Ireland trade missions, one to Saudi Arabia and India, one to the south-eastern USA, one to France accompanied by a total of over 100 Irish companies looking to break into new export markets.
  • A 7-day joint IDA/EI mission to China led by the Taoiseach.
  • A 5-day EI/IDA trip to the west coast of the USA built around St Patrick’s Day.
  • A 2-day mission to Germany around St Patrick’s Day 2011, including a series of meetings arranged by Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia and Tourism Ireland.
  • A large number of shorter trips to Europe for EU business as well as trade/investment objectives, including most recently a one-day trip to Bucharest with the Taoiseach to attend the European People’s Party Congress in advance of the European Council meeting.

Minister Bruton also met with leading Canadian financial services and telecoms executives at a series of advisory panels for Irish companies as well as meeting with key stakeholders in the local Irish community including the Irish Dairy Board and the Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce.

Significant commercial agreements and announcements were made by a number of companies including:

  • Lincor Solutions, based in Cork, announced over $4 million CAN in new business with hospitals in Quebec and Newfoundland. Lincor produces MEDIVista, a digital service delivery platform for hospital patients.
  • Millmount Healthcare, a Co. Meath based pharmaceutical packaging company, announced the completion of its first order with major Canadian pharmaceutical company Apotex Inc. for the contract packaging of their high-value pharmaceutical product.
  • Waterford company ZolkC announced that they are providing interpretive audio tours through their VGuide for over 20,000 Canadians users at two of the top Canadian tourist sites, CN Tower and Jasper Tramway. Minister Bruton visited the CN Tower to experience ZolkC’s technology in action. To mark the Minister’s visit the CN Tower turned green for the night of 7 November.
  • Dundalk based Multihog Ltd announced a significant deal with Vancouver Airport to supply three Multihog base vehicles and a wide range of attachments. The Multihog is a one-machine solution for a wide variety of groundcare, highway maintenance and winter clearance applications. The machines supplied for Vancouver will primarily be used for snow clearance and de-icing around parked aircrafts.
  • Galway company, Lifes2Good, will shortly announce a significant partnership with a Canadian distributor to bring health and beauty products, Viviscal and Micropedi, to leading Canadian drug and grocery chains.
  • SAAS Markets (part of Dublin group Sysnet) will launch their Software-as-a-Service App Store for Canadian Entrepreneurs at an event in Toronto today (Friday 9 Nov). This technology offers more than 1,300 trusted SaaS applications specifically designed to meet the needs of small to medium-sized businesses.
  • One Posting, Co. Dublin opened an office in Toronto.
  • Leading Edge Group (Cork) who expanded into Canada five years ago announced several major contracts worth over $350,000 CAN with new clients including the Ministry of Health in Alberta and Toyota dealerships in Quebec and Ontario.
  • FINEOS Corporation, based in Dublin, a market leading provider of claims management software, announced details of a significant contract with a leading Canadian insurance plan provider.
  • Drogheda based company, IPL, announced details of a contract with GO Transit for the provision of their RS Sockets which were used by the organizers of the 2012 Olympic Games to easily and safely install and remove posts and signage along key traffic routes in high congestion areas. 

Over 220 Irish companies are selling goods and services into Canada spanning a wide range of sectors including telecoms, financial services and consumer retail. To further grow and develop export sales into Canada and North America, 10 Irish companies will set up offices in Canada this year including:

  • Lifes2Good
  • One Posting
  • Openet
  • ZolkC
  • The Now Factory
  • Ezetop
  • Vizor
  • Mapflow
  • Aurum
  • Intuition Publishing
  • Adaptive Mobile