Sensor company expands Cork premises

14 Apr 2008

Machine-vision sensor company Cognex Corporation has expanded its international manufacturing and distribution centre in Cork, paving the way for anticipated future growth.

The company has moved into a new facility at the Gateway Business Park in the city. The 20,000sq ft facility provides a 53pc increase in floor space over its former premises, which it said was needed to meet growing demand for Cognex products outside the US.

The US-headquartered company is a supplier of machine-vision sensors which gauge, guide, inspect, count and identify products on fast-moving production lines. The Cork operation employs 39 people who are responsible for quality control, supply chain management and the final configuration, kitting and distribution of Cognex vision systems, sensors, software and ID readers. These are devices which help automate the manufacture of a broad range of products by inspecting, identifying and tracking items during the production process.

The new facility will be the base for shipping Cognex products to customers in Europe, Asia and Japan.

“Cognex first opened a manufacturing operation in Cork several years ago in order to provide more responsive service to our international customers. As our international business has expanded, so has the need for increased manufacturing and distribution capacity. This new facility provides Cognex with the capacity to support that growth and it will help us be even more responsive to our international customers, distributors and partners,” said Dr Robert J Shillman, Cognex Chairman and CEO.

By Niall Byrne