It was announced today that Minister of State for Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen, is leading an Enterprise Ireland trade visit to SPACE tradeshow (Salon des Productions Animales – Carrefour Europeen) . SPACE is the largest animal production show in France
This is the 31st year of SPACE which is now the 2nd largest global event for professionals of animal production. The trade visit will focus on promoting the innovation capabilities of Irish agri-tech companies in areas including connected agriculture, the use of data in agriculture and progress in the area of automation and robotics.
The trade visit also aims to maximise business opportunities for Enterprise Ireland client companies who will pitch their products to an audience of farmers, influencers and potential buyers in the specially convened ‘Enterprise Ireland Innovation Area’.
There are more than 120 Enterprise Ireland client companies active in the agricultural machinery and technologies sector in Ireland contributing €4.1bn to Ireland’s GDP and supporting 250,000 jobs.
The companies participating include H2Ozone, True North Technologies, Moocall, Herdwatch, Dairymaster, Keenan and Wakely Engineering.
Speaking on his arrival at SPACE, Minister Breen said, "France presents good growth opportunities for Irish companies across all sectors and is already a significant consumer of Irish goods. In 2016 Enterprise Ireland client company exports to France were in excess of €902m. SPACE provides a magnificent platform for Irish agri-tech companies to showcase their solution offerings, encouraging French buyers to rely on Irish innovative products and services as a source of advantage. This helps to further improve Ireland’s position internationally as a source of innovation."