Fuel cell production boosts Celestica in Galway - Embedded.com

Fuel cell production boosts Celestica in Galway

LONDON — Celestica has expanded the automated manufacturing services (AMS) capability in Ireland with the creation of 120 jobs covering quality, engineering, automation and chemistry as well as production.

The expansion of Celestica’s Galway facility will enable the company to manufacture a fuel cell power pack for its New York-based customer, Medis Technologies Ltd.

The Medis Power Pack has enough power to drive many handheld devices when the battery is nearly depleted and it will also function as a portable charger. The 24-7 Power Pack provides sufficient energy to provide up to 30 hours of talk time to an average mobile phone or 60-80 hours of play time for an average iPod. The power is sufficient (1 watt)) to operate, and charge, multiple times, a range of the standard and advanced portable electronic devices.

Minister Martin said “This is superb news for Celestica and indeed Galway as it represents yet another example of how the West of Ireland can attract and support the most sophisticated and leading edge investment.

“The level of automation in this project is exceptional and signals a very positive direction in Irish-based manufacturing towards state-of-the-art automation which requires a skilled workforce to operate and maintain,”said Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

The facility was previously owned by Manufacturer’s Services Ltd (MSL) and was established in Galway in 2000. In 2004 Celestica acquired MSL and became Celestica Ireland Ltd. The facility employs 380 people.

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