Bray People

Wicklow agri-busi­ness wins award at in­no­va­tion com­pe­ti­tion

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A WICKLOW busi­ness has won a farm in­no­va­tion award at this year’s Na­tional Plough­ing Cham­pi­onships.

Peter O’Sul­li­van of Bulls­eye En­gi­neer­ing was among the 12 cat­e­gory win­ners at En­ter­prise Ire­land In­no­va­tion Arena Awards com­pe­ti­tion held in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Na­tional Plough­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

The In­no­va­tion Arena tra­di­tion­ally show­cases agri-re­lated prod­ucts and in­no­va­tions from Ir­ish agri-com­pa­nies at the Na­tional Plough­ing Cham­pi­onships, but this year’s com­pe­ti­tion was moved on­line due to the can­cel­la­tion of the event as a re­sult of Covid-19 pan­demic re­stric­tions.

In­stead, short­listed busi­nesses pitched their de­signs to a vir­tual judg­ing panel over the course of two days. Win­ners of this year’s awards are au­to­mat­i­cally el­i­gi­ble to ex­hibit in the ‘2020 Win­ners En­clo­sure Sec­tion’ at the In­no­va­tion Arena in 2021.

Min­is­ter of State for Em­ploy­ment Af­fairs and Re­tail Busi­nesses Damien English said: ‘En­ter­prise Ire­land’s an­nual In­no­va­tion Arena Awards rep­re­sent the fu­ture of Ir­ish agri-tech and high­light new prod­uct devel­op­ment as well as the in­no­va­tive agri-tech and agri-en­gi­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­ity in the Ir­ish agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

‘I am de­lighted to see such a vast range of in­no­va­tive con­cepts and ideas be­ing brought to fruition from en­trepreneur­s and farm ex­perts from all around the coun­try.

‘Ire­land’s in­no­va­tive con­tri­bu­tion to ad­vances in agri-busi­ness is recog­nised glob­ally and we are lead­ing the way with tech­nol­ogy solutions that im­prove ef­fi­cien­cies through greater au­toma­tion. This puts us in a great po­si­tion to take ad­van­tage of the sig­nif­i­cant over­seas op­por­tu­ni­ties for this sec­tor which will help to drive eco­nomic growth.’

This year’s over­all win­ner was Malone Farm Ma­chin­ery in Co Mayo. The com­pany’s win­ning en­try is the Malone Ex­press, a 16-bale trailer which can ac­com­mo­date 16 round bales on a chas­sis that is shorter than other com­pa­ra­ble ma­chines on the mar­ket. This in­no­va­tion makes the im­ple­ment eas­ier to ma­noeu­vre while ac­com­mo­dat­ing a large quan­tity of bales.

 ??  ?? Mark Christal, di­vi­sional man­ager, Re­gions and En­trepreneur­ship, En­ter­prise Ire­land; Min­is­ter Damien English and Anna May McHugh, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Na­tional Plough­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.
Mark Christal, di­vi­sional man­ager, Re­gions and En­trepreneur­ship, En­ter­prise Ire­land; Min­is­ter Damien English and Anna May McHugh, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Na­tional Plough­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

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