Marie Marchelek, EI Market Advisor; Sinead Lonergan, EI Manager in France; Niall Fay, Director of Grant Engineering; and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Charlie Flanagan - pictured at Pollutec
Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, was in Lyon, France this week leading an Enterprise Ireland trade mission.
mong the companies participating was Birr-based Grant Engineering. The company employs over 200 people and exhibited at Pollutec - a global gathering of innovative companies focussed on reducing the impact of human activities on the environment.
The trade mission also included Athy-based company Galú - a manufacturer of energy efficient hot water tanks.
Speaking about his visit to France, Minister Flanagan said, "France is Europe's second largest economy & Ireland's fourth largest market for Irish indigenous company exports. Enterprise Ireland has identified France as offering great potential for sustained export growth. There are now 60 Irish companies w/ a presence in France - twice as many as five years ago.
"In the aftermath of the Brexit vote the government is redoubling its efforts to help Irish companies to thrive in new and established markets. France and Ireland are ideal partners and friends. My visit focussed on the €7 billion per annum Cleantech market. Ireland is also a significant exporter of food and drink to France and I was delighted to engage with Bord Bia and some of their Irish client companies during my visit to France. France is Ireland's largest export market for lamb, seafood & artisan beer; its second largest for beef; and its third largest market for whiskey.
"France also imports 80% of Irish oysters. There is a great affection for Ireland in France and many exciting opportunities for Irish companies of all sizes."