Minister Bruton departs on 5-day 6-city trade and investment mission to USA

4th May 2013

IDA leg of mission includes 10 meetings with multinational companies in Chicago area, focused on life sciences

27 Irish companies participating in 14 meetings and events on Enterprise Ireland Texas leg of mission targeting opportunities in oil and gas sector

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today (Sunday) departs on a 5-day, 6-city trade and investment mission to Texas and the Mid-Western USA, organised by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland.

This is Minister Bruton’s 20th major trade/investment mission since taking office 38 months ago. This Government has doubled the number of trade missions since taking office. The 5-day mission to Houston, Austin, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Grand Rapids and Chicago includes two legs:

  • 2-day mission to Texas organised by Enterprise Ireland with delegation of 27 Irish companies, including 14 meetings and events targeting opportunities in oil and gas sector
  • 3-day mission to Mid West organised by IDA Ireland, including 10 one-on-one meetings with major multinational companies, focused particularly on pharma, medical devices and tech sectors

The programme also includes interviews with US media as part of the strategy to communicate Ireland’s recovery around the world, and a meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Speaking before departing this weekend, Minister Bruton said:
“At the very heart of our Action Plan for Jobs is our determination to drive an export-led recovery. Straight after coming into office we took action to deliver this, and in the past three years we have taken steps like increasing the numbers of EI and IDA staff in overseas markets, establishing new divisions within the agencies to target new opportunities, and doubling the number of trade missions. This has shown real results, with more than 12,000 jobs added in exporting companies in the past year alone.

“In Texas the rapidly-growing oil and gas sector offers massive opportunities for Irish companies. Large US companies in this area need innovative businesses to supply them with goods and services to solve problems thrown up by their rapid growth, and Irish companies in sectors like engineering and technology can fill this gap. In this way these companies can grow their export sales and ultimately grow their employment in Ireland.

“The Mid West is home to some of the world’s leading life sciences and technology companies. I look forward to meeting many of them and seeking to persuade them to expand their existing operations or to establish operations in Ireland for the first time.

“I am hopeful that the programme of this week can yield real results in terms of increased export sales, new FDI projects, and ultimately jobs for Ireland in the near future”.


Notes for Editors

The Action Plan for Jobs includes a commitment by Government to carry out an intensive programme of Ministerial-led trade and investment missions.

Since the Plan was launched in early 2012 the number of trade missions led by Enterprise Ireland, for example, has doubled, from an average of 8.5 (2007-2011) to an average of 17 (2012 and 2013).

This is Minister Bruton’s 20th major trade/investment mission in almost three years since taking office in March 2011.

The 19 previous missions undertaken comprise:

  • Six IDA investment missions to the USA, three to the east coast, two to the west coast and one encompassing the East Coast, South and Mid-West
  • Six Enterprise Ireland trade missions, one to Texas, one to the south-eastern USA, one to India, one to Saudi Arabia and India, one to Canada and one to France accompanied by hundreds of Irish companies looking to break into new export markets
  • A 7-day joint EI/IDA mission to China led by the Taoiseach in 2012, and a further joint EI/IDA mission to China and Japan led by Minister Bruton in 2013
  • A EI mission to the Gulf led by the Taoiseach in January 2011
  • A joint trade mission to Singapore and Malaysia with the UK and NI Governments
  • A 5-day EI/IDA trip to the west coast of the USA built around St Patrick’s Day 2012
  • A 4-day mission to Germany around St Patrick’s Day 2013, and a 2-day mission to Germany around St Patrick’s Day 2011, including a series of meetings arranged by IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia and Tourism Ireland.

Programme


Sunday May 4th - Dublin to Austin
4.05PM Arrive Austin
5.50PM Enterprise Ireland & Bord Bia Briefing Dinner
7.30PM Attend Austin Trade Mission Networking event


Monday May 5th – Austin to Houston
7.20AM Breakfast with EI Clients & US Customers
9.30AM In light of the agreement in principle to establish 'Techshop Dublin' on DCU Innovation Campus, Minister Bruton will visit the Techshop facility in Austin, to review their unique hardware innovation platform with Paul Duggan MD Techshop International. Techshop has been described as 'America's most important start up' and is an open access fabrication studio or 'maker space', which lowers the barriers for inventors, entrepreneurs and existing businesses looking to prototype new hardware innovations, through the provision of high-end digital and advanced manufacturing tools on a subscription basis.
11.00AM Meeting with Governor Perry
12.00PM Interviews with US media
12.20PM Ministerial Lunch with EI clients & US partner companies
2.00PM Meeting with EI company, food sector
3.00PM Depart for Houston by Road
6.30PM Arrive Houston, EI Offshore Technology Conference NetworkingEvent
8.20PM Briefing dinner


Tuesday May 6th - Houston
07.20AM Breakfast with EI Clients & US partner companies
09.00AM Meeting with EI company, engineering sector
10.00AM Visit to Offshore Technology Conference
11:30AM Meeting with EI company, energy sector
12.20PM Lunch with EI Clients & US partner companies
1.45PM Depart for Airport
3.45PM Fly Houston to Indianapolis
Conclusion of EI leg of the Trade Mission
20:00 EST Dinner with IDA company, pharma sector


Wednesday, May 7th 2014
09:00-11:0 Meet with IDA company, pharma sector
13:51 EST Fly from Indianapolis to Cleveland
16:00 EST Meet with IDA company, energy sector
19:30 EST Dinner with IDA company


Thursday, May 8th
08:31 EST Fly Cleveland to Grand Rapids, Michigan
11.00 EST Meet with IDA company, pharma sector
Drive to Chicago
16:00 CST Meet with IDA company, tech sector
19:00 CST Dinner with IDA Ireland clients 



Friday, May 9th
08:00 CST Meet with IDA company, tech sector
10:00 CST Meet with IDA company, manufacturing sector
12:30 CST Meet with IDA company, pharma sector
14:15 CST Meet with IDA company, medical devices sector
15:45 CST Meet with IDA company, pharma sector
20:00 CST Depart for Dublin