Galway woman scoops gold at 2019 IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards
29 January 2019
Helen Ryan and John Whelan.
Former CEO and non-executive director of Creganna-Tactx Medical, Helen Ryan has been crowned the Outstanding Industry Contribution winner at this year’s IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards.
The glittering event, which celebrates the finest in Irish manufacturing, took place at the Citywest Hotel Convention Centre on January 17.
Grew fivefold to become largest indigenous medical device company in world
Business leader Ryan scooped the title for enabling Creganna-Tactx Medical to become one of the world’s top 10 medical device outsource providers. Her time as CEO ensured the company grew fivefold to become the largest indigenous medical device company in the world.
Ryan said: “I’m thrilled to have won at this year’s IMR Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards. It’s not often the medical device industry gets recognised for its people and innovation despite the industries efforts to keep Ireland on the map as a leading manufacturer in the med tech field.”
Competition was fierce this year with hundreds of entries applying across 15 categories. Other winners included Java Republic, which won Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year for boasting the world’s first purpose-built carbon-neutral roastery in the world.
In addition to this, Intel was awarded ICT Manufacturing Team of the Year while Kerrygold Park won Food Manufacturing Team of the Year (for a full list of winners please see below)
Innovation, collaboration and improvement to internal operations
Innovative work, close collaboration and improvement to internal operations played a significant role in the decision-making process for judges this year. The 2019 panel included Eoin O’ Driscoll, chairman of Tyndall Institute; Barry Kennedy, chief executive of IMR; Caroline Spillane, director general Engineers Ireland; Bob Barbour, chief executive Competitiveness Centre; Professor Eamon Murphy, University of Limerick; Dr Christopher Keely, Trinity College Dublin; and John Whelan, chairman of Premier Publishing and Events.
John Whelan, chairman of Premier Publishing and Events said: “Premier Publishing and Events are delighted to see a former female CEO win at this years Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) Manufacturing and Supply Chain Awards.
“Helen has contributed to putting Ireland on the map as a leader in producing innovative technologies in the medical device sector and we wanted to recognise her hardwork and determination in bringing this to fruition.
“Congratulations to all our other winners also who continue to contribute a significant amount of hardwork and dedication to Ireland’s manufacturing industry.”
Barry Kennedy, CEO, Irish Manufacturing Research said: “This year’s finalists were chosen because they have demonstrated the ability to navigate change and innovation as industry leaders, and as such, they represent the very best within Ireland’s Manufacturing industry today.
‘Championing advancements in manufacturing’
“Through Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) we look forward to supporting their growth and success now and into the future and we are proud to remain at the forefront, championing advancements in manufacturing across the island of Ireland.
“We look forward to continuing to assist our member company’s put the necessary building blocks in place as they continue to lead through hard work, innovation and determination. On behalf of IMR, I would like to sincerely thank all of the businesses that entered this year’s Awards programme.
“Through their success, they make an invaluable contribution to the economy, employment and Ireland’s reputation – and they should be applauded for these achievements.”
Full list of winners
BEST USE OF ROBOTICS SPONSORED BY COBOTS.IE
Valeo Vision Systems
INDUSTRY RESEARCH PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR
DesignPro Ltd & University of Limerick
CONTRACT MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
Croom Precision Medical
HEALTH & SAFETY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
Briody Bedding Ltd
SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
SUPPLY CHAIN MANUFACTURING PARTNER
FOOD MANUFACTURING TEAM OF THE YEAR
Kerrygold Butter Packing Ltd
ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING TEAM OF THE YEAR
Key Plastics Ltd
ICT MANUFACTURING TEAM OF THE YEAR
MEDTECH MANUFACTURING TEAM OF THE YEAR
BIOPHARMA MANUFACTURING TEAM OF THE YEAR
Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals Ringaskiddy Cork
SMART FACTORY MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
BEST MANUFACTURING SKILL & DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Boston Scientific Clonmel
MICRO MANUFACTURING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Horan Automation & Consulting
SME MANUFACTURING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Arrotek Medical Ltd
LARGE MANUFACTURING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Boston Scientific Clonmel
GRAN PRIX IMR MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE INDUSTRY