Analog Devices to invest €100mn in European operations with ADI Catalyst launch

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Analog Devices has announced that it is to invest €100mn over the next three years in ADI Catalyst, a 100,000 square foot custom-built facility for innovation and collaboration located at its campus in Limerick, Ireland.

This latest phase of expansion will see the creation of 250 new jobs by 2025 and is said to reflect ADI’s continued commitment to expansion in Europe.

ADI Catalyst is a state-of-the-art accelerator that brings together ecosystems of customers, business partners, and suppliers to engage with ADI to rapidly develop innovative solutions. The catalyst looks to utilise technologies in simulated environments and real-world end applications to accelerate their development and adoption.

The new jobs at the Catalyst will primarily focus on the development of software-enabled solutions and artificial intelligence (AI) innovations in areas such as Industry 4.0, sustainable energy, automotive electrification, and next generation connectivity.

One of the current Catalyst projects, for example, is focused on supporting the migration in healthcare from a mass market approach to one of customised treatment and therapies. ADI is working closely with its customers and their respective ecosystems to create flexible, next generation modular manufacturing systems that will enable the rapid changeover of production lines needed for personalised treatments like CAR T-cell therapies and human implants.

Commenting on the launch, Vincent Roche, President and CEO of Analog Devices said, “ADI Catalyst is our latest investment in the future of innovation, not just in Ireland or Europe, but globally. It provides the ideal environment for experts in their fields to connect, collaborate, test, and pilot new technologies, business models, and ecosystems.”

The Catalyst project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said, “This additional €100m will be invested in new and emerging technologies in AI and machine learning, automotive electrification and next generation connectivity, including 5G applications - really exciting areas which will create the jobs of the future.”

In addition to ADI Catalyst, Ireland is home to ADI’s European Research and Development Center, which to date has developed a broad range of cutting-edge technologies and includes the assignment of more than 1,000 patents.

ADI launched its European manufacturing and R&D hub in 1976 in Limerick, which remains ADI’s European headquarters. ADI employs more than 2,200 professionals across 14 European sites.