Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Welcome Reception @ The Strand Hotel, Limerick - 20.00

Delegates & Partners are welcomed to the Conference.

Dress Code: Smart Casual 

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Factory Visits - Limerick/Shannon Region

Visits to leading companies of our industry will be an important part of the programme.   As part of the Congress we will be visiting companies in the region on 3 of the 4 days.  

Today we will visit:-

Modular Automation began in 1986 as a specialist tool and die provider for advanced electronics manufactures who required precise reliable tools. Today they deliver complete automation integration solutions to customers in Europe, North America and beyond.

Smithstown Light Engineering was founded in 1974 and have been manufacturing in Shannon since then.    Since 1993 they have invested heavily in machinery, technology and staff and have become a premium supplier in the medical devices sector.

Mincon Group PLC was founded in 1977 in Shannon.  Mincon manufactures and distributes a range of precision engineered hard rock drilling tools for a variety of industries including mining, exploration, waterwell, geothermal, construction, horizontal directional drilling, Oil-Gas and Energy.

Takumi Precision Engineering, established in 1998 is a one stop shop for general engineering companies. They supply medical, aerospace, automotive, chemical, pharma and other sectors.

Medieval Banquet at Knappogue Castle

Tucked away amid the rolling hills of Quin in Co. Clare lies Knappogue Castle, a 15th century restored medieval tower house that proudly stands as a reminder of our past and reflects the medieval glory in which our nobility of yesteryear lived. The story of Knappogue Castle begins with the Macnamara clan in 1467 (who also built Bunratty Castle). It has a long and varied history ~ from a battlefield to a dwelling.

Knappogue Castle banquet is a fun and animated experience. You are greeted at the main door of the castle by the Earl's Butler and the Ladies of the castle where you proceed to the Dalcassian Hall. Mingle with the Castle Entertainers and savour a goblet of mead (honey wine).

Enjoy music of the harp and fiddle followed by Medieval Choral Singing from the Ladies. The Earl's Butler wittily recounts the history of the Castle finishing by explaining the 'Rules of Chivalry' practiced at Knappogue Castle and the dire consequences of breaching them!

Once all are seated in the banqueting hall, the newly instated Earl receives his sword of office and presides over the proceedings. While partaking of a sumptuous four course dinner with the finest wines, the Ladies of the Castle accompanied by Irish harp and fiddle will entertain you. The Butler seeks the Lord's approval for all dishes presented to him before they can be served. However, there is a scoundrel who ignores the Butler's warnings about gallantry. He is brought before the Earl for judgement!

Visit the Shannon Heritage website for more information.

Dress Code:  Smart Casual 

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Factory Visits - Galway Region

Today we will visit a number of companies in the Galway Region

LISK Ireland - LISK Ireland began its operations in 1980 and is today the European design and manufacture centre for the New York based company.  LISK applies its engineering expertise in the areas of industrial and mobile hydraulic solenoids across a wide range of applications as diverse as aerospace, engine emission controls, fuel systems, off shore oil & gas and transmission controls.

Penn Engineering - Penn Engineering was founded in 1942 and has enjoyed a sustained history as a global leader in the fastening industry since their founding in 1942.  Their expanding portfolio of fastener designs and technologies continues to to keep pace with the challenges presented by an ever-evolving workplace. 

Dawlough Ltd - Dawnlough Ltd. was founded in 1987 by Patrick McKeon.  At the turn of the millennium Dawnlough Ltd started supplying special purpose tooling to the International Medical Device Industry. In 2011, Dawnlough started supplying precision components to the aerospace Industry.

Free Evening to Explore Limerick

Take a stroll on the riverfront, go shopping, check out Limerick's exceptional range of restaurants, or soak up the nightlife.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Business Meeting

Venue: Limerick Institute Of Technology

Moylish Park,

Afternoon Manufacturing Solutions Event, Limerick Institute of Technology

Gala Dinner at the Strand Hotel, Limerick City

Delegates & Partners are invited to a Gala Dinner at the Strand Hotel.

Dress:  Business Formal

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Factory Visit : Killarney, Co. Kerry

Today we will visit Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. in Killarney, Co. Kerry. In 1958, Hans Liebherr founded the company in Ireland as the first manufacturing plant outside of Germany. Here, the company produces ship to shore container cranes, rubber-tyred and rail mounted stacker cranes and accessories. Liebherr is not only one of the world's largest manufacturers of construction machinery, it also enjoys success in many other industries.  Liebherr container cranes are in use in over 100 ports and nearly 50 countries worldwide.

Dinner at the Woodlands Hotel, Adare, Limerick

A fabulous venue on the outskirts of the picturesque tourist village of Adare in Co. Limerick.

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Explore the Irish Midwest Region

Friday is not formally part of the Congress programme. However, it provides opportunity to explore the Irish Midwest region.

For those interested in golf some of the top ten golf links in Ireland are located in the counties west of Limerick. These are:

Tralee Golf Club, County Kerry

According to Golf Digest's list, Tralee is 'arguably one of the most majestic courses you will ever encounter'. Vast dunes and tricky tee-placements on the back are a tantalising challenge, the likes of which didn't stop actor Bill Murray from naming it as his favourite course.

Ballybunion Golf Club (Old), County Kerry

Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, would surely agree with Ballybunion's inclusion in the top ten. Of this coastal Kerry paradise, he says 'It's perfectly Irish: beautiful, rough, and a lot like life - you get breaks you don't deserve, both ways.' Words to live and golf by.

Waterville, County Kerry

A favourite haunt of Charlie Chaplin when on his many Kerry sojourns, Waterville is a 'true' links course, according to Golf Digest. Designer Tom Fazio says of the place: 'Everything about Waterville is truly spectacular. The setting is one of the best I've seen for golf.'

Lahinch Golf Club (Old), County Clare

Old Tom Morris declared the terrain at Lahinch to be 'as fine a natural course' as had been his good fortune to play. In golfing echelons, it even rises above the nearby Cliffs of Moher for majesty. One happy customer matched his five-star rating with the commendation, 'Legendary. Challenging. Ireland golf at its best.'

Golf (Delegates & Partners) Venue : Adare Manor Golf Club, Adare, Co. Limerick.

Venue : Adare Manor Golf Club, Adare, Co. Limerick.

Adare Manor Golf Club provides a quality golfing experience on a uniquely scenic course. The 18 hole parkland golf course is steeped in history and is recognised as one of the best hidden gems on the island of Ireland. Desmond Castle (1200AD) is a magnificient back drop to the 1st and 15th greens, while the ruins of the Franciscan Abbey (1464AD) dominate the centre of the course.

Cost including green fees and transportation is €40 per person. Tee times will be between 12 noon and 13.30hrs. Bookings must be made by completing this questionnaire and return it to John Devitt -

Players will be required to provide their own golf shoes.