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Exports to North America soar with 20% growth in 2012

On a recent visit to New York the Minister for Small Business John Perry TD, met with a number of Irish companies based in New York who are developing export business in the USA. Pictured Left to Right: Noel Kilkenny, Consul General; Gerard Bermingham, Information Mosaic; Neil Cullen, Interactive Services; Gerry Murphy, Director Enterprise Ireland; Joanna Gardiner, Ovelle; John Perry TD, Minister for Small Business; Molly Dineen, UCD; Jim Milliard, Information Mosaic; Cillian Kieran, CKSK; and Mark Dorosz, Interactive Services

Enterprise Ireland exports to US recorded phenomenal growth in 2012 increasing by 20% while Canadian exports jumped by 26% during the same period. The impact of export success in North America on the Irish economy is significant, and has a positive knock on effect in creating jobs in Ireland.

Enterprise Ireland client companies achieved record global exports in 2012 breaking €16bn for the first time, up from €15.2bn in 2011. The main growth sectors were software, lifesciences, including medical devices, business services and advanced engineering. Forty two percent of all software exported by Irish companies is sold in USA.

Executive Director for North America Gerry Murphy said:
“This was an outstanding achievement by Irish owned companies in a year of sluggish economic growth in the US. As the world’s largest technically advanced economy, the United States is a key trading partner for Ireland and offers a relatively low-risk operating environment for Irish businesses. 2012 also saw significant growing interest in the Canadian market from Irish business”.

He thanked the members of the Irish Diaspora who continue to provide a crucial role in mentoring and advising Irish companies and linking them with business opportunities.

Enterprise Ireland is increasing its activities to support clients win new export business and build business networks and partnerships across North America. 2013 will see a record number of trade missions and trade fairs in sectors as diverse as Financial Software, Telecommunications, Digital Media, Oil and Gas, Animation, Information Security, Education and Healthcare, all aimed at linking Irish companies to American and Canadian buyers.

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