The OpenBlue Innovation Centre by Johnson Controls in Cork pictured at night.
The OpenBlue Innovation Centre. Image: Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls to hire R&D staff at new Cork innovation centre

12 May 2022

New staff will work on ‘cutting-edge innovations’ with a focus on reducing carbon emissions in the building sector.

Johnson Controls, the US-Irish company that provides control systems, heating ventilation and air conditioning for buildings, will be hiring for 18 R&D roles at its new innovation centre in Cork.

The OpenBlue Innovation Centre is opening in Johnson Controls’ global HQ at One Albert Quay in Cork.

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The new research and development staff will be involved in creating new ways to provide smart and sustainable spaces for Johnson Controls clients, with a focus on reducing carbon emissions in the building sector.

The Cork centre is part of a wider international network of OpenBlue Innovation Centres. It will serve as Johnson Controls’ regional centre of excellence for “cutting-edge innovations”, according to Tomas Brannemo, the company’s VP and president for building solutions in EMEALA.

Johnson Controls has received research and development grants from the Irish Government through IDA Ireland to support engineering activities at the centre, including the development of a professional services hub for the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America region over a two-year period.

The company said that its research and development presence in Ireland has grown substantially in recent years.

“This is a most welcome investment for Cork and for Ireland and is in line with our strategy aim to develop Ireland as a leading location for sustainability engineering solutions,” said Eileen Sharpe, IDA Ireland’s head of engineering and green economy.

“IDA Ireland is committed to supporting the work of world-class companies such as Johnson Controls to utilise the latest developments in AI, data analytics and cloud architecture to build new technologies to enable a more sustainable world.”

Last year, Johnson Controls announced plans to acquire modular data centre designer Silent-Aire.

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Blathnaid O’Dea
By Blathnaid O’Dea

Blathnaid O’Dea joined Silicon Republic in 2021 as Careers reporter, coming from a background in the Humanities. She likes people, pranking, pictures of puffins – and apparently alliteration.

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