HID Global to open Centre of Excellence in Galway

  • HID Global has announced it will open an Irish Centre of Excellence in Galway city.

    The American company specialises in secure identity solutions and previously provided the technology for Ireland’s passport card program, 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.

    The new Centre of Excellence will allow the company to consolidate its business activities, including manufacturing operations, by the end of 2022.

    HID Global first established in Tully, County Galway in 2006 and it currently employs 180 people in Ireland. The company plans to expand its workforce in Ireland to 300 people by end-year 2023.

    Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland said: "HID Global is a leading technology solutions company operating in many fast-growing markets.

    "The establishment of this new Centre of Excellence in Galway and expansion of its workforce is most welcome, adding to the dynamic and vibrant technology ecosystem that has developed in Ireland’s West Region. I wish the company continued success with its expansion in Galway."

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    Recently the company was chosen by leading aerospace company Avolon to provide its mobile access solution for Avolon sites worldwide.

    Trevor Fox, VP and Site Lead at HID Global, Ireland added: "We are thrilled to have good news to report at what is a difficult time for many. The support we have received from government agencies Údarás na Gaeltachta and IDA Ireland has played a crucial role in allowing us to demonstrate to our global leadership team why Galway is the perfect location for this investment.

    "The support from both Údarás and IDA Ireland has been a key factor in our success since 2006. Galway has been an excellent foundation for us to build from and the continuing investment from HID to underpin our capability and growth plan can be seen as a huge boost of confidence in the area and the people behind the success.

    "Our employees have been outstanding at adapting throughout the pandemic and this adaptability and resilience allowed us to continue business as usual and drive on with this programme of investment. We are very excited to move to this new Centre of Excellence from 2022."

    Source: IDA Ireland press release

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