German electronics and car parts supplier Bosch is to establish an automotive research and development centre in Limerick, creating 30 jobs over the next two years.
The focus of the activities in the new centre will be on semiconductor products as well as automotive electronics. The move recognises the increased demand for semiconductors for motor vehicles.
The Limerick facility will initially focus on the circuits used for radar sensors that form part of advanced driver assistance systems such as emergency braking, collision avoidance and cruise control.
The company will be hiring for high tech roles over the next two years in integrated circuit design and layout, radiofrequency measurement and for software and firmware engineers.
IDA Ireland Executive Director Mary Buckley said the decision by Bosch further enhances the Limerick region’s reputation as an emerging hub for software and automotive systems.
“It is also a strong endorsement of the talent available in the Mid-West region, particularly in the areas of engineering and design. With this announcement, Bosch will be well-equipped to meet the growing demand for semiconductors in automation and I wish the company success with their operations here in Ireland.”
Mike Keaveney, Bosch Radar Architect & R&D Centre Limerick Manager, said the facility can develop innovative products to meet the needs of tomorrow’s cars. “Working with the talented engineers here, and the teams across Europe that we are now part of is particularly rewarding. Our next focus is on growing the local team. There’s a lot of talent in and around the region and we’re looking to hire more engineers with the skillsets needed to develop state of the art integrated circuit products.”
Pandemic fuelled delays combined with growing demand from many sectors, particularly automotive, has led to a global shortage of semiconductor chips, vital for a range of functions.
Despite a rush by companies to meet the demand, the most recent analysis predicts the shortfall could continue until 2023. Most of the world’s top technology firms and carmakers including Tesla, Apple, Volkswagen and Microsoft have been hit by the shortages.
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