TRUSTED IDENTITY solutions specialist HID has announced the opening of its new Logistics Centre in Shannon, Ireland. The facility becomes HID’s second largest Logistics Centre, supporting 55 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
L-R: Will Corcoran (regional manager for the Mid-West at IDA, Ireland), Björn Lidefelt (executive vice-president and head of HID) and Eoin Gavin (president of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce)
The occasion was marked with an official ribbon-cutting and a visit from local Government and business leaders, as well as HID’s operations leadership team.
This new 4,157 m2 Logistics Centre is double the size of HID’s previous facility and employs 60 people with a stated goal of expanding that headcount in the years ahead.
“The new Logistics Centre is strategic in sustaining the global growth HID has experienced, while also demonstrating our commitment to fostering innovation and product availability across the region,” explained Josh Freeman, HID’s senior vice-president and head of operations.
Dara Calleary, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation in Ireland, enthused: “Congratulations to HID on the opening of its new Logistics Centre in Shannon. Since 2006, HID’s growth and expansion here in Ireland is truly a great success story. The new facility allows an even better service to be delivered to its European customers.”
Calleary added: “I’m delighted that HID has chosen Shannon and the region in general for this new expansion. Shannon is thriving in the technology space and having a global leader such as HID opening for business in the area is a very welcome addition.”
Michael Lohan, CEO of IDA Ireland, commented: “I wish to congratulate HID for the establishment of its second site in Ireland and its second largest Logistics Centre. A leading technology solutions company operating in several fast-growing markets, HID is a welcome addition to the established technology cluster in the region.”
Operating in Ireland since 2006, HID has steadily expanded its manufacturing, R&D, supply chain customer service, IT, finance, Human Resources and other business functions in Ireland to support a growing customer base across the EMEA region.
HID first established itself in the country in Tully, County Galway back in 2006. The company is best known in Ireland for providing the enabling technology for Ireland’s revolutionary passport card programme, which was the first of its kind to allow travellers to cross borders in Europe with an electronic passport card rather than a traditional passport booklet.
In 2022, HID opened an award-winning Centre of Excellence in Galway city, employing circa 500 members of staff.