Think of the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland and your mind will be consumed with images of dramatic landscapes – sheer cliffs dropping to the Atlantic below, rolling hills dotted with thatched cottages, and roads where cars, cyclists and sheep share the carriageway.
Literally a world away from the glitz and glam of World Car of the Year awards 2019 which were hosted as part of the New York International Car Show last month.
This year those two worlds collided as the winner of the World Car of the Year for 2019 – the Jaguar IPACE – featured parts manufactured by a company based in the Donegal Gaeltacht.
Irish Pressings have been in operation since 2005 and in the period since have managed to carve out a significant portion of work with some of the world’s leading car brands including Honda, Jaguar Land Rover and BMW to name but a few.
While the automotive industry has been facing a challenging time recently due to issues including the diesel emissions scandal and Brexit, Irish Pressings have used these challenges as a stimulant to explore new market opportunities both in terms of new sectors and new geographical markets.
Managing Director Declan Ward says that his company’s ability to react to changes in the industry helps them to stand out from the crowd. “We are a very energetic and agile company and that ability to react to the prevailing market conditions means that we are always ready to avail of first-mover opportunities”.
Some of the sectors that Irish Pressings have recently increased their engagement in is the electrical switchgear industry, construction, marine and rail, while the company is casting their net ever wider and have been pricing work recently for both Mexico and Russia.
“We haven’t forgotten our bread and butter which is the automotive sector though” added Declan “with new projects, including parts for Aston Martin due to go into production shortly”.
The future for Irish Pressings is very exciting – the market has really opened up and manufacturing companies that traditionally only ever being supplied by suppliers within a 20 mile radius of their plant are now opening their eyes and seeing that in terms of quality, efficiency and competitiveness Irish Pressings are very difficult to beat.
Declan insists that Irish Pressings are now beginning to reap the benefits of 15-years of hard graft “The work we have put in over the last 15 years has helped to put us on the map and from here the opportunities are continuing to grow. We are as excited about the future today as we were starting out and how many companies can say that?”.