The 2016 Toy Fair New York, which is held annually, showcased some of the world’s most exciting up and coming toy products and is where some of the world’s biggest names such as Lego and Mattel exhibit. This year the show opened its doors to thousands of global play professionals to explore a record-breaking 415,000 Sq Ft of exhibit space which was filled with hundreds of thousands of toys, games and youth entertainment products. The show reported an attendance of 13,000 buyers from 100 different countries from across the globe to explore the exhibits of 1250 different exhibitors.
This year’s show saw a strong presence from some of Ireland’s newest and best toy and game companies. Five Irish companies travelled to exhibit at the show displaying a unique, innovative, and fun selection of products. The companies participating were Arckit, The Irish Fairy Door Company, The Lottie Doll (Arklu), TurboSpoke, and Yvolution.
The Irish Fairy Doors
According to Hannah Webb Vice President Consumer Goods & Retail Technology for Enterprise Ireland USA “the toy industry in the US is an exciting and growing market, it was fantastic to see such wonderful companies from Ireland exhibiting at this important industry show, meeting the right buyers, and successfully selling into the US market.”
The Lottie Doll
Ibis World reports that the retail market for toys has grown to $37.4 billion in revenue in the US and is expected to grow further to $40 billion in 2020. The sector is diverse in both product and retail channels, with toys and games sold through department stores, drug stores, online, and in specialty shop
This April, ten Irish companies will descend on New York City for INTERPHEX 2015. After a successful visit to the show in 2014, which is a Bio pharmaceutical/Pharmaceutical development and manufacturing trade show, there was substantial interest in a return visit this year.
These companies will be eager to promote their specialties in project management, manufacturing, construction, lean transformation and containment equipment to attendees at the show. To provide a better insight into the spectrum of Irish technologies we have profiled the companies below. If you would like to meet with any of them during the show or at our networking event on the 22nd of April, please contact;
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Ardmac is an international company specialising in the construction of high value working environments for global brands. They specialize in constructing:
• Quality interior space to the fit out and refurbishment market;
• Cleanroom and controlled environments to research and manufacturing facilities complimented by a range of specialist products.
Bruce Shaw is an international construction consultancy firm with over 40 years’ experience, providing cost and project management and general consultancy services to the global construction industry.
With offices in 22 locations throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe, the GCC, USA, Asia and Australia they currently work for clients in 150 cities in over 40 countries around the world.
BSM USA Inc.
BSM is the global leader in the provision of Real Lean Transformation services to Life Science companies. BSM specializes in implementing Real Lean in QC Laboratories, QA-related processes and R&D departments’. Clients seek help from BSM when their businesses need step changes in performance on a scale which generic Lean/Sigma techniques cannot deliver. They specialise in the implementation of ‘Real Lean’ techniques, specifically Levelling, Flow and Standard Work. BSM is currently supporting global Lean programs in 4 of the world’s Top 6 pharmaceutical companies.
Specialists in calibration, commissioning, contract staffing, operations and maintenance & automation, LotusWorks is over 25 years supporting some of the world’s largest manufacturers in Ireland and the USA.
PM Group has a history in engineering, architecture and project management. They are in business for 40 years; today they are one of the world’s leading professional services companies serving major multi-national clients across the world.
Prosys Sampling Solutions
ProSys Sampling Systems Ltd specialises in the design and manufacture of sampling and containment equipment to meet the changing requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. Their products include both Containment and Aseptic Isolators.
The company’s philosophy is to contain the hazard at source, minimise cleaning, maximise flexibility and maintain an environment that is safe for all personnel. All their designs have been fully tested and qualified to contain potentially hazardous material to extremely low levels whilst still retaining the flexibility that is required in the production area. ProSys continuously innovates through developing our team of system specialists which ensures continuous learning.
Dortek is the leading supplier of hygienic GRP doors to the pharmaceutical, healthcare, food processing and laboratory sectors worldwide.
Team Horizon/ SCOPEFISH
Manufacturing Specialist delivering Engineering Solutions, Quality Management and Process Excellence to leading manufacturing organisations.
Kneat Solutions Booth: 1957
A key challenge for pharmaceutical manufacturers in going paperless is to achieve better quality. Kneat’s innovative software facilitates this by enabling a consistent, structured and transparent approach to Validation. Kneat delivers significant value innovation through enhanced compliance, reduced costs and audit readiness in real time.
Partswashing & Format Part Manufacturers
TEG provide responsive, cost effective solutions and have a successful track record of servicing leading pharmaceutical companies. TEG provide parts washing accessories, sterile-fill format parts and tablet blister tooling and tablet feeding systems.
Shareholder and Stock Plan Services is a complex business and Global Shares offers highly innovative web based solutions. The SaaS Company has clients in 100+ countries who benefit from the use of their next generation software for their equity plan management. This number is set to grow swiftly with some strategic developments.
Global Shares has unveiled a major expansion plan for 2015 marking the culmination of a comprehensive phase of software development. As the Company gets ready to launch its new Software Products onto global markets a number of key announcements have been made:
Company Announcements & employee growth
The Company has appointed 4 new key Executives to drive the company’s momentum forward. These include the announcement of new Board member, IT entrepreneur, David Raethorne. A new Marketing Department will be managed by Aisling Riordan and Kathie Zedack joins the US team as Client Relationship Manager.
David Raethorne, Director
- New ‘ROW’ Sales Team
- New restructured US Sales Team and Operations Departments
- 20% YOY growth at the Company’s employee base in Cork, Ireland
- Re-seller partners (Elian, Continential Stock, IFG, Capita & others) actively introducing Global Shares to new markets
- Overall employment expected to more than double in the coming three years.
A new London Office will open in January located at St. Paul’s beside the London Stock Exchange while earlier in 2014 the company relocated to larger offices in New Jersey.
New APSS Software
Global Shares has launched a campaign promoting its exceptional new APSS software product, targeted at Irish-based companies who are operating employee share incentive schemes. The software is applicable to both public and private companies who have Irish employees.
Speaking about the recent developments, Tim Houstoun, CEO of Global Shares said,
We have grown substantially in the last two years and we now have the opportunity to further our success to date. Our equity compensation management solutions are the best-in-class and our mission now is to communicate the strength and depth of our product and service offering to the market. We welcome all our new Team Members and look forward to a productive 2015
To find out more visit: www.globalshares.com or to keep abreast of our latest software developments subscribe to our Global Blog here. See our latest software in action here.
More about Global Shares:
Global Shares offer market leading employee equity plan software solutions and consultancy services across the globe. With offices in North America, Ireland, UK and China they provide unrivalled, innovative software solutions for Private, pre-IPO and Public companies including a range of equity administration and financial reporting (IFRS & US Gaap) tools that are fully customizable to each customer’s needs.
As ambassadors of the Equity Industry their delivery of state-of-the-art software solutions sits alongside the provision of award winning consultancy and administration service to their customers. Their client portfolio stretches across 5 continents and varying jurisdictions; delivering a personalised experience to each user. Global Shares have built a formidable list of high quality clients such as Cargill, Nokia, Ambev, UniCredit, Telefonica, Ambev, Sallie Mae, LivingSocial and many others.
Ciara Halliday, Enterprise Ireland, Toronto
The FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2015 took place at Punchestown Racecourse on February 5th, 6th and 7th. When the event was last held in 2013 there were 18,000 visitors over the three days and FTMTA CEO Gary Ryan was hoping for an even larger number this year.
Enterprise Ireland Toronto helped client company Samco Systems to organise an itinerary for their five Canadian dealers who travelled to Ireland for the show. On Wednesday 4th February the group travelled to the Lyon’s Estate where Dr. Bridget Lynch (UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science) presented to the group on Irish Agriculture; covering specifically the dairy industry and the role of forage maize. The presentation was followed by a tour of the research farm where Dairymaster Moo Monitors, Richard Keenan and Co vertical mixers and Easyfix mats and stalls were all seen.
On February 5th the group travelled to the Farm Machinery Show for Day 1 of the event. They walked the show in the morning, followed by a tour of the show with Michael Moroney in the afternoon. Michael Moroney is motoring and vintage editor with the Irish Farmers Journal. He worked at the Journal from 1979 to 2000 as Farm Machinery and later Motoring editor. He then became chief executive of the Farm Tractor and Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA) until 2008. During that time he maintained a weekly motoring column and established the Vintage Page within the paper. He re-joined the Journal in 2011 as Machinery and Motoring editor. Michael started with a brief introduction to Irish agricultural machinery and then guided the group through Pavilion 1, 2 and 3 to point out Irish companies of interest. In particular for the Canadian visitors, they were very interested in Richard Keenan & Co, Major Equipment International and baling companies such as McHale and Tanco.
An evening reception was held in the President’s Suite for all 29 international visitors to the show. Neil O Sullivan, Enterprise Ireland welcomed the group to Ireland. Gary Ryan, CEO FTMTA, gave a brief overview of the Farm Machinery Show history and thanked Enterprise Ireland for organising the international group of visitors. When dinner was over the visiting Canadian and international dealers were invited to have one last walk around the show where Irish exhibitors had waited after the public left, to facilitate one to one meetings.
Friday 6th saw the European visitors travel to a farm for the morning, while the Canadian visitors travelled to Adare with the Samco team. Overall the international visitors seemed very interested in the Irish companies they met with and impressed by the machinery they saw at the show and on the farm visits.
NASHVILLE, TN – January 05, 2015 – Symmetry Surgical Inc. (Nasdaq:SSRG) announced today an exclusive distribution agreement in the United States with neoSurgical Limited for its innovative neoClose® Trocar Port Closure System. Symmetry Surgical’s sales representatives in the United States will begin selling the neoClose® System in the first quarter of 2015.
neoSurgical received clearance to market neoClose® from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013 for the closure of trocar ports used in robotic and laparoscopic surgical procedures. Since its pilot release, surgeons and clinicians have commented on the product’s ease-of-use, closing 5 mm to 15 mm trocar ports quickly, with virtually no learning curve. Barry Russell, Chief Executive Officer & Founder of neoSurgical Limited, commented, “neoClose® is the first product launch from neoSurgical and we are pleased to be able to partner with Symmetry Surgical on this agreement to achieve access to the entire U.S. market for our innovative solution for trocar port closure.”
Thomas J. Sullivan, Symmetry Surgical’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to enter an exclusive distribution agreement in the United States with neoSurgical for its unique neoClose® Trocar Port Closure System. neoSurgical has received positive physician feedback on the neoClose® system in its pilot launch, which gives us confidence that it will be well received in a national launch. Symmetry Surgical is ideally positioned to drive adoption of the neoClose® System with our U.S. sales force, broad customer relationships and strong complementary product offerings in laparoscopic surgical instruments and accessories.”
Mr. Sullivan added, “The collaboration with neoSurgical and the addition of the neoClose® System is aligned with our growth strategy, which is anchored on expanding our product offerings through distribution agreements with innovative companies, acquisitions into the broader $5 billion single use, re-usable, and re-posable surgical device market and our own new product development. Maintaining focus on executing this strategy will drive growth through our core business and in our new products.”
neoSurgical is an award-winning global medical device company focused on providing technical innovation to the surgical devices industry, particularly for those surgeons conducting laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Winner of the 2014 Kinetic Process Innovation Award and the R&D 100 Award, neoSurgical leverages its in-depth expertise in interpreting surgeons’ needs and converting these needs via an innovative and market led engineering response to deliver compliant devices with the goal to make surgery safer, simpler and superior for both surgeons and their patients. The company’s European headquarters is in Dublin with U.S. headquarters in Boston. More information about neoSurgical can be found at www.neosurgical.com.
About Symmetry Surgical Inc.
Symmetry Surgical is dedicated to developing and delivering high-quality, innovative surgical instruments that meet clinicians’ needs and improve patients’ lives. Our team collaborates with healthcare providers around the world to provide medical devices that exceed our customers’ expectations and provide solutions for today’s needs and tomorrow’s growth. Our rich and diverse history creates one of the industry’s most comprehensive surgical instrument portfolios, which includes our well-known brands such as BOOKWALTER®, GREENBERG®, RILEY™, OLSEN™, ULTRA™, QUAD-LOCK®, FLASHPAK®, RAPIDCLEAN®, OPTI-LENGTH®, CLASSIC® and CLASSIC PLUS®. Symmetry Surgical is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For more information, please visit www.symmetrysurgical.com.