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Bolgers Ramping Up Production To Increase Ventilator Fabrication Output To Support Medtronic Address The COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Pictured here are Noel Halpin (Floor Manager) and Paul Collins (Sales and Marketing Manager), Bolger Engineering, at the recent Manufacturing Solutions event in L.I.T. showing one of their high quality precision medical fabrications.

Bolgers is a leading medical equipment fabrication and assembly supplier based in Shannon, Co Clare, Ireland. It is increasing its ventilator fabrication manufacturing to support Medtronic as they more than double their capacity to manufacture and supply ventilators in response to the urgent needs of patients and healthcare systems across the globe confronting COVID-19.

Medtronic recognizes the acute need for ventilators as life-saving devices in the management of COVID-19 infections. High-performance ventilators play a critical role in the management of patients with severe respiratory illness, such as COVID-19, who require assistance because they cannot breathe effectively. By placing a patient on such a ventilator, the patient’s lungs are permitted to rest and recover while the ventilator performs the functions of supplying oxygen and simulating the actions of breathing. Without ventilation support, many patients with severe respiratory disease might not survive.

In Bolgers we manufacture the chassis’ for Medtronic’s Puritan Bennett™ 980 (PB 980) and Puritan Bennett™ 840 (PB 840) high performance ventilators from our purpose built facility in Shannon, Ireland. These ventillators are primarily designed for critically ill patients in high acuity setting.

Bolgers Demand and Supply

Ventilator demand has significantly increased in light of COVID-19, and Bolgers continues to work with Medtronic to meet this increased global demand. “We have identified additional opportunities to increase our manufacturing capacity including bringing on additional staff, approx. 25+ people, and implementing new manufacturing shift patterns. We also have strong commitments from our supply chain to support us during this unprecedented ramp up of demand and we fully expect to support Medtronic to get ventilators to market quickly. Bolgers in partnership with our supply chain are now going to be in the frontline of the battle against COVID-19 and we will play our part in the national and international effort” said Managing Director Graham Bolger.

About Bolgers

Bolgers based in Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland, celebrating 40 years in business this year, provide end to end advanced manufacturing solutions for the Medtech industry including design aid for manufacture, manufacture at our high end purpose built facility, full validation of all components and logistics and supply chain solutions.

For further information contact Paul Collins, Sales and Marketing Manager at paul.collins@bolgers.com or visit our website at www.bolgers.com.

Bolgers meets with Taiwan’s Ambassador to Ireland Simon S. K. Tu

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On Friday 23rd Bolgers Business Development Manager, Paul Collins, attended a business lunch with Ambassador Simon S. K. Tu and Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey in Quin, Co. Clare. Also in attendance were Brian King from Smithstown Light Engineering and Vincent Delaney from UTS HR Group.

During the meeting there were very rich discussions on Taiwan’s manufacturing capabilities, competitiveness and quality in the area of machine building and export as well as the culture comparisons between Taiwan and Ireland.

It was also really interesting to hear, from a neutral prospective, the Ambassadors opinion on Brexit and what he thinks lies ahead.

To finish the Ambassador kindly invited us to Dublin in October to celebrate Taiwan’s national day.

Minister Humphreys leads Enterprise Ireland Trade Visit to Volvo Cars, Sweden

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Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, is leading an Enterprise Ireland trade visit to Volvo Cars in Gothenburg, Sweden today – 15 Irish companies, including Bolger Engineering, are taking part in an Irish Automotive Supply Days initiative at Volvo Cars HQ where they will exhibit to Nordic-based automakers and suppliers. Read more here http://ow.ly/GSCB309Tdj4

Bolgers team meet Mary Mitchell O’Connor – Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the Enterprise Ireland, International Markets week event, held at the RDS, Dublin recently.

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L-R – Michael Campion: DA Enterprise Ireland. – Mary Mitchell O’Connor: Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. – Terrance O’Rourke: Chairman, Enterprise Ireland. – Pat Breen: Jun Minister for Enterprise and Small business, – Ian Bolger: MD Bolgers. – Victoria Bioko: Market Advisor, Enterprise Ireland. Andrew Lynch: Head of Intl Bus Dev, Bolgers. – Julie Sinnamon: CEO, Enterprise Ireland.

Whilst attending the recent International Markets week event, hosted by Enterprise Ireland at the RDS in Dublin, Ian Bolger and Andrew Lynch had the pleasure to meet with Govt Ministers Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Pat Breen, along with senior members of the Enterprise Ireland organisation, to have a discussion around how Bolgers are working toward widening our International reach, by acquiring new customers in new territories.



Minister for Enterprise and Small Business Pat Breen visits Bolgers

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Recently Bolger Engineering had the privilege to welcome the Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen, along with the Director South/South East & Mid-West Regions for Enterprise Ireland, Jerry Moloney, and Enterprise Ireland Development Adviser, Michael Campion.

We firstly conducted a plant tour led by Bolger’s Production Manager, Peter Hennessy. After that tour Minster Breen complemented Bolgers on our skilled and engaging workforce, as well as the detailed processes and procedures in place that will help drive Bolgers continued success in the future.

From there rich discussions focused on Bolgers business growth strategy post Brexit led by Bolger’s co Managing Director, Ian Bolger. Here we looked at how important market diversification and innovation will be in an uncertain market climate following Brexit.

To finish Minister Breen thanked Bolgers for the work we are doing in the Mid-West region and has promised to stay close to our work with Enterprise Ireland on export market diversification.

Enterprise Ireland Director South/South East & Mid-West Regions, Jerry Moloney, Bolger Engineering Production Manager, Peter Hennessy, Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen, Bolger Engineering Head of International Sales, Andrew Lynch, Bolger Engineering Business Development Manager, Paul Collins, Bolger Engineering MD, Ian Bolger, Enterprise Ireland DA, Michael Campion

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German Customer Visit in Preparation for Robotic Welding

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Head of International Sales Andrew Lynch and our welding supervisor Andrej Swietilk have just returned from visiting one of our major OEM customers in Germany to prepare for the implementation of Robotic Welding.  Bolgers is working in partnership with our OEM customer to replicate their robotic welding cell and integrate that into our manufacturing facility to increase production efficiency.