Up to 100 IT jobs are to be created over the next five years following the decision by storage area network (SAN) infrastructure component maker QLogic Corporation to establish its EMEA headquarters in Blanchardstown.
California-headquarterd QLogic manufactures the infrastructure components used in servers and workstations manufactured by major IT players such as Dell, Cisco, EMC, IBM and Hewlett-Packard (HP).
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin TD said: “IDA Ireland worked closely with QLogic Corporation in assisting it in the decision to locate its investment in Ireland. The decision to locate its EMEA headquarters here is a strong indicator of Ireland’s continued attraction as a base for cutting-edge IT companies and of our ability to support their knowledge-intensive activities.”
Initially, the new Irish operation will perform final manufacturing, customisation, packing and storage of products for rapid delivery to EMEA-based customers. As the project develops it will also be responsible for sales, marketing, logistics, invoicing and payment activities of product sales to customers in the EMEA region.
Additional functions such as technical support, engineering, and research and development will be added to the operation at later stages.
The president, CEO and chairman of the board of Qlogic Corporation, HK Desai, commented: “We sought a location that would provide us with excellent skills availability, a quality environment for a prestigious headquarters and easy access to local and international markets.
“We chose Dublin as we believe it will best service our long-term needs, enable us to recruit the calibre of people we require and facilitate the timely delivery of product to our customers overseas,” Desai said.
By John Kennedy