SanDisk moves European HQ to Dublin

25 Apr 2006

Computer memory manufacturer SanDisk has announced it will move its European headquarters to its facility in Swords, Co Dublin with the creation of around 40 jobs promised before the end of next year.

The company is currently recruiting employees across several areas including multilingual sales, marketing and finance to bolster the current staff headcount of 12. Last year SanDisk set up the Swords facility to manage supply chain and sales support functions for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Asia-Pacific markets.

The Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Tony Killeen TD confirmed the news this morning, saying that the expansion was due to the success of the existing Irish operation.

SanDisk is the original inventor of flash storage cards and is the world’s largest supplier of flash data storage card products. It is the only company worldwide which has the rights to both manufacture and sell every major flash card format. These cards are used in a variety of electronic consumer products including digital cameras and personal digital assistants.

The company is publicly listed on the NASDAQ and employs 1,000 people worldwide. The company outsources manufacturing to chip foundries in Taiwan and Israel. It is also thought to have a growing presence in the MP3 player market as its flash memory products are found in devices such as the Apple iPod nano. SanDisk also manufactures its own digital music player products, which are now available in Ireland.

By Gordon Smith