Aer Lingus Cargo to sponsor multinational exporter of the year award
Multinational export companies are major generators of jobs and export sales, the Irish Exporters' Association (IEA) stated at the launch of the multinational exporter of the year award 2012 programme. Aer Lingus Cargo is to sponsor the award.
Organised by the IEA with Aer Lingus Cargo, the competition recognises multinational firms in contributing to the growth in Irish exports and jobs.
The awards search will culminate with a gala awards ceremony on November 23, when Taoiseach Enda Kenny will present the category winner, and the overall exporter of the year.
Aer Lingus director of cargo Peter O'Neill said: "As the leading provider of transatlantic flights between Ireland and the US, and offering cargo services to 36 airports in Europe, Aer Lingus Cargo plays a significant role in the supply chain for these exporting companies.
"We look forward to continuing to serve them with tailored handling for their high-value products and through the delivery of a high quality, efficient and reliable air service."
John Whelan, CEO of the IEA said: "A recent study by fDi Intelligence found that Ireland had the highest proportion of expansions globally ahead of the US, UK and Germany." The fDi report showed foreign direct capital investment grew by 78pc in Ireland last year and associated job creation by 13pc.
Right, at the launch were Mr Whelan, left, and Mr O'Neill.