Thursday 25 December 2014

Clear win for Cathx with major robotics deal in US

Sarah Stack

Published 08/05/2014 | 02:30

A Bluefin-21 submersible on the deck of an Australian defence vessel during

UNDERWATER technology firm Cathx Ocean is to create 50 jobs in Kildare over the next two years after winning a major contract in the US.

The firm will supply equipment to Bluefin Robotics to 'see clearly' during underwater engineering operations.

Bluefin submersibles have been an important part of the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

A range of companies depend on Bluefin's robot submarines and underwater vehicles for surveys and engineering jobs like oil pipeline surveying.

The 50 jobs – and contracts worth a total of $14m (€10m) – were announced at the end of a two-day Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Texas.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and 27 Irish manufacturing, engineering and tech companies travelled to Houston and Austin to target opportunities for Irish companies in the rapidly-growing oil and gas sector. The trip coincided with the Offshore Technology Conference.

Monaghan manufacturing company Combilift also won a $600,000 contract to supply multidirectional forklifts to TimkenSteel Corporation in Houston, a major US company specialising in deep precision hole making and finishing for the oil and gas sector.

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