Galway has been given a jobs boost this week with Xerotech, a leading supplier of advanced battery systems, expandng its operations in the county.
The Claregalway-based manufacturing company is planning to take on an additional 50 workers by the end of this year, having already increased its workforce since 2020.
The company, which boasts a workforce of more than 40 per cent international workers, is looking to fill a diverse range of roles including line operatives, executive assistants, design engineering, manufacturing engineering, supply chain, injection moulding, computer numerical control (CNC ) machining, sheet metal fabrication, welding and automation.
The company has seen a surge in demand for its products, especially in the non-road mobile machinery sector where it has emerged as leader in the supply of configurable battery systems already working with global OEMs.
Welcoming the jobs announcement, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, says Xerotech’s growth has been phenomenal in the past couple of years.
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"It is always fantastic to see an Irish company do well," he says. "Batteries are absolutely crucial to our plans to stop climate change. We will be massively increasing our reliance on wind and solar renewables for energy which by their nature are unpredictable and intermittent. Batteries will help give us security of supply. The vast majority of our vehicles will be battery powered too, and countless other items that run on fossil fuels now. I know Xerotech has global ambitions and has already seen massive international growth. I’m sure this is only the beginning. The very best of luck to the entire team.”
The company is continuing to expand its operations in the Claregalway Corporate Park, with the addition of more buildings and the construction of extensions and alterations, which is expected to exceed an 80,000 sqft footprint by mid-2023.
Company founder & CEO Dr Barry Flannery is excited about the future growth.
“The last decade has been centred around electrifying cars, but this decade is going to be about how we electrify everything else from 400-ton mining dumpers to road sweepers to boats. Xerotech is leading the world in this space with customers in many parts of the world. We are eager to add global top talent to our team, driven by our latest expansion at our facility here in Galway.”
Leo Clancy, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, says Xerotech is one of Enterprise Ireland’s fastest growing portfolio companies.
"It has rapidly established itself as a leader in off-highway electrification. Xerotech’s growth significantly enhances Ireland’s ambition to be a key player in the global race to electrification. This company is also a showcase for what can be achieved by a driven and ambitious team creating cutting edge new products and building advanced manufacturing capability right here in the West of Ireland.”
Xerotech, founded in 2015 and headquartered in Ireland, is a leading manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion battery systems for use across construction, agriculture, mining machinery and various other applications. The company currently employs over 100 people at its Galway facility.