This week proved a memorable one for the Tricel group as Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, visited the company’s European headquarters in Killarney. During a rousing speech to employees, Mr Kenny expressed his belief in regard to the important role that companies such as Tricel play in the continued strengthening of Ireland’s position in the world export markets, and the positive results this brings to the Irish economy.
An Taoiseach first expressed a wish to visit the Tricel headquarters following his official attendance at the company signing of a contract agreement in France in 2015. This contract came about in direct response to existing opportunities in the highly competitive French Cleantech and Construction sectors. Mr Kenny’s presence on the occasion was reflective of the importance the Irish Government attaches to foreign economic and trade relationships.
During his speech, the Taoiseach highlighted that the continued success of Tricel, both at home and in foreign markets, is a prominent and uplifting reflection of not only Irish manufacturing capability, but also the positive application of keen market insight and innovative business planning. Irish businesses such as Tricel have helped to increase the country’s export market share and in doing so create long term and beneficial relationships in foreign markets, as well as increase employment opportunities at home.
Tricel, once known as Killarney Plastics, formed in February 1973. The business remains to this day a fully Irish owned and family run enterprise. The original focus of the company was the development and manufacture of high quality and durable composite and fibreglass resin (GRP) based products. Over time, continued success helped the company grow along with a highly technical skill-set required for producing specialised products.
With an expanding market in need of custom-designed composite mouldings, the company expanded its to focus on delivering innovative solutions for specialised industries. Tricel today has operations in 12 locations throughout Europe which supply a range of products to over 50 countries worldwide. Currently employing over 350 people, the company’s growth strategy reflects that these
figures could reach an impressive 600 by the year 2020.
The continued growth and success of the company have brought about the creation of over 65 new jobs last year, and a further 31 jobs in the first quarter of this year. Tricel’s expansion has led to employment opportunities in Ireland, the UK and France. Currently, skilled positions are available at the company’s headquarters in Killarney, these are in areas such as Purchasing, Marketing, IT, Manufacturing, Engineering, Sales and Business as well as Graduate and Undergraduate positions.
Tricel is firmly positioned as a European market leader in the supply of a range of Septic Tanks and Environmental Waste Water Treatment (WWT) plants, most recently undertaking an installation project at Pairc Ui Chaoimhe. The company also holds the position as a market leading supplier of water storage solutions for commercial and industrial properties.
As one of Irelands and the UKs largest distributors of composite materials, Tricel produce and supply a comprehensive range of products. This portfolio also includes professional fibreglass kits for both the marine and automotive industries, flat roofing kits, automotive crash repair products as well as supplying the construction industry with a line of road safety products, meter boxes (both gas and electricity), GRP enclosures and kiosks.
Over 40 years of successful operations have instilled the company with the technical expertise and knowledge to deliver cutting-edge product solutions. Due to this, Tricel is today a leading distributor of specialised and innovative industry products and a highly trusted global brand.
During 40 years of operations, Tricel has developed the knowledge and technical expertise needed to deliver industry-leading product solutions.