Manufacturing in Ireland is one of the high performing engines of the Irish economy with clusters of world class manufacturing operations in sectors such as biopharmaceuticals, engineering, medical technology, building materials, and food production.
Each year, the manufacturing sector adds an impressive €13.4 billion in wages and employment taxes and continues to set new records, exporting goods worth €208 billion in 2022. Additionally, it shoulders a significant portion of our nation’s corporation tax revenue at over 44% (over €10 billion), ensuring that our government has the resources to support essential public services. There are 275,000 people employed throughout the regions in the Irish manufacturing sector, 11% of total employment in the economy.
Ibec's latest report ‘Manufacturing in Ireland – Unlocking Ireland’s Manufacturing Potential for the next Manufacturing Evolution’ highlights manufacturing success in Ireland, its fundamental importance to our economy and presents the results of an October 2023 survey, along with Ibec's recommendations for continued growth and success in this sector.
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Report includes key stats about Ireland’s manufacturing industry, findings from manufacturing survey 2023 with Ibec recommendations for government
Leading Ibec voices highlight the manufacturing success in Ireland, its fundamental importance to our economy and presents the results of our 2023 survey.
Manufacturing in Ireland / Key Recommendations to Government
Government must ensure support for rising employment costs and operationalise the comprehensive support programme put in place in Budget 2024.
Continue to improve the R&D tax credit and introduce accelerated capital allowances for advanced manufacturing. Simplify the corporate tax regime and move to a territorial system of taxation.
Develop, co-ordinate and adequately resource national cybersecurity and regulatory capacities in expected digital regulation impacting advanced manufacturing.
Accelerate the transition to carbon neutrality by scaling up and expanding industry supports for renewables and energy efficiency. Provide new financial supports and tax credit incentives to encourage firms embed eco-design principles.
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Manufacturing in Ireland is a highly advanced sector spanning diverse industries including biopharmaceuticals, electronics, medical technology, and food production. Ibec has over 39 trade associations that support, champion, advocate, provide great knowledge sharing, networking and training for all these industries.
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