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Galway-based software support centre sees massive jump in profits

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway-based subsidiary of Europe’s largest software company has reported a major rise in revenues and profits.
SAP Service and Support Centre, based at Parkmore, saw pre-tax profits jump by 64 per cent to 12.8 million euro in the 12 months to the end of December 2017.
According to today’s Irish Times, SAP employs around 88 thousand people worldwide, with 1800 of these based in Ireland.

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Software integration firm to expand team in West of Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Software integration firm, SL Controls, is to expand its team in the West with the creation of 15 roles.

The firm will create 15 roles at its Galway and Sligo bases and 50 new jobs overall over the next 18 months.

SL Controls has expanded its employee number steadily and, over the last three years, has increased overall headcount by 40.

A percentage of the new hires will be location independent remote roles and others will be offered the option of hybrid working where employees can combine working from home with working from an office.

SL was established in 2002 and is an international provider of equipment system integrated solutions to a range of brands across a number of industries including medtech, pharma, healthcare and technology.

The firm has offices at Mervue Businnes Park in Galway, Sligo, Dublin, Limerick and Florida and has customers in Ireland, across mainland Europe and the US.

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Over €4m allocated to city and county for housing adaptation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over €4 million has been allocated to Galway city and county to adapt housing for the needs of older people and for those with a disability.

The fund, which supports home adaptations for older people, those with a disability and people with mobility issues, is 80% exchequer funding through the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, with 20% funding from the relevant local authority.

Galway city is to receive a total allocation of over €1.1 million, while the county has secured a total of over €2.9 million.

Grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist people with a disability in carrying out necessary works to make a house more suitable for their needs, while up to €8,000 is available to assist older people to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out and up to €6,000 for mobility aids.

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Connemara firm to design parts for European Space Agency satellite

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Connemara firm ÉireComposites, has announced an agreement with a Belgian company to design and produce stray light baffles, which will form part of the European Space Agency’s ALTIUS satellite.

The baffles will be the first external part and largest functioning piece of equipment ever to be manufactured in Ireland and launched into space.

ÉireComposites was founded in 1998 and is a design, manufacturing and testing company, involved in lightweight, high performance fibre-reinforced composite materials, with an international blue-chip customer base of over 70 companies in aerospace, renewable energy, marine, Formula 1 racing and general automotive sectors.

The stray light baffles aim to prevent out-of-field stray light from reaching the lenses of the satellite’s optical instruments.

ÉireComposites will manufacture the three baffles that will be attached to the side of the satellite to assist with the mission objective.

Belgian firm OIP forms part of a consortium that signed the contract with the European Space Agency to build this satellite which is expected to be launched by end of 2023.

The mission will deliver profiles of the stratospheric ozone, as well as profiles of other atmospheric trace gases to provide scientific understanding on how the rise in greenhouse gases affects the atmosphere.

The ALTIUS mission is expected to play a substantial role in how climate change and the impact it has on Earth is studied.

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