Over 85 delegates attended the conference in Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Dublin on Wednesday 2nd November 2011 and 38 Private Business Matchmaking meetings took place between 7 German companies in Irish workplaces from 3rd - 4th November 2011.
RESULTS OF TRADE MISSION FOR 7 GERMAN COMPANIES
38 private business matchmaking meetings
"This trade mission of German companies has sent out a clear message that Ireland is open for business", says Ralf Lissek, Trade Commissioner for Germany in Ireland and CEO of the German-Irish Chamber. "The seven German companies were in Ireland looking for partners and clients because they see the potential in the Irish market. The response from Irish companies has been very positive: 38 meetings took place in Irish workplaces from 2nd - 4th November and first results already involve partnership agreements, test projects and substantial orders. The resulting partnerships will have a positive knock-on effect on business and job creation in Ireland."
First Results of Meetings
38 private meetings in Irish workplaces
Three German companies have had substantial partnership interest from most of the Irish companies that they met.
One German company has already got a substantial order from an Irish client.
Many of the German companies have already had offers of pilot projects/ first projects to test out partnership opportunities.
Two of the German companies are negotiating writing a joint offer for an Irish client.
Driving Business between Ireland and Germany
One of the main objectives of the conference and business matchmaking meetings is to drive business in the energy efficient lighting industry in Ireland.
Feel free to contact any of the below eight companies with a view to doing business with them. Please keep DEinternational Ireland in the loop about any developments in your activities.
80% of the conference participants gave their overall satisfaction with the conference the highest possible rating (click here for all results of evaluation).
Some Testimonials from Delegates
"Offered great insight into new products for energy efficient lighting", Enda Flood, Environmental Efficiency Consultants
"Plenty of food for thought for future prospects", Darragh Rogan, MacArdle McSweeney Associates
"Overall standard and content exceptional", Name not provided
Energy Efficient Lighting is Worth the Switch
The potential for Irish businesses to make up to 70% energy savings by switching to energy efficient lighting was highlighted at the "Energy Efficient Lighting in Buildings and Public Spaces" conference on Wednesday 2nd November in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin. The event, which attracted over 85 delegates from Ireland and Germany, was hosted by the German-Irish Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
According to Paul McKenna, a heating and lighting specialist in the McKeon Group and a speaker at Wednesday's event, energy efficient lighting is a growth market in Ireland. "One of the reasons for this is that switching to energy efficient lighting can result in phenomenal reduction in energy costs at a relatively low investment and with low levels of building intrusion. He goes on to say "Sometimes the obvious solutions are not the most cost effective, but by proper scrutiny of your lighting system, a very accurate cost reduction can be calculated and we've seen return on investment in as little as 18 months."
The event was a platform for 12 German and Irish lighting experts to share their expertise with an engaged audience. German companies presented innovative lighting technology, some of which have yet to hit the Irish market. One of the companies, eu-photon has developed an ultra-high efficiency LED light based on a patented lens. According to Monika Franzen representing eu-photon at Wednesday's event, "it's hard for most people to accept that just 1.4 watts of electricity can produce an intense light with an energy efficiency of 98%. And on top of this our lights don't have the heat-producing issues typical to most LEDs. It's the future - you can understand why the science behind it is a safely guarded secret!"
The installation process can also be as efficient as the lighting itself. Mr. Holger Rübsam, MD of Eurolum, a German manufacturer with "plug-in" lighting solutions, explains the type of results that their lighting can achieve: "One of our clients, a supermarket in Germany, needed a solution that wouldn't see the supermarket having to close for renovation. We found the solution for them - in a 3-hour period on a Sunday, 6 of our staff retrofitted their entire old stock of 251 flourescent tube lights with Eurolom's energy efficient alternatives. Their investment of €8,500 was recouped in energy savings by the end of one year." He goes on, "It really is a no brainer! Once the maths is put in front of you it's easy to see why so many companies are making the switch."
This project, funded by the Energy Efficiency Export Initiative of the German Ministry of Economics and Technology, is designed to support the export activities of 7 German manufacturers and consultants in the area of energy efficient lighting. The Irish market was represented by over 85 companies, consultants and associations in the field of energy efficiency in Ireland, Government and local government representatives, installers, architects and engineers, public bodies and institutions, research bodies and other interest groups.