SIS Pitches, the Irish-owned natural, synthetic and hybrid turf company which counts Real Madrid and FC Barcelona among its clients, has entered the Irish market.
The company, which designs, manufactures and installs pitches, has offices in the UK, Holland, the Middle East, Russia, Turkey and Angola.
Now it has turned its attention to Ireland where it hopes to provide a "full, turnkey service" for rugby, football, GAA, hockey and other pitches for sports clubs, local authorities, schools and universities.
"We have had phenomenal success in the UK market as well as in Eastern Europe and Russia," said George Mullan, ceo of SIS.
"This year, we will be opening a joint venture in China and we are also moving into the US and Japan. We want to bring the success that we have had overseas to Ireland, invest in Ireland and hire Irish people."
Past SIS projects include the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, Camp Nou in Barcelona and the Besiktas Stadium in Turkey. SIS has also installed pitches at a range of UK sites, including the English FA's St George's Park.
SIS, which employs some 245 people around the world, will initially have a presence in Wicklow, Tyrone and Sligo.
Its turnover last year exceeded €54m and is projected to achieve turnover of almost €63.5m this year. Operations director Mark Barry and sales director Darren McGeehan will lead the new Irish office.
"Globally, the company has more than doubled in size between 2013 and 2016 and we look forward to similar growth in Ireland," said Mr Barry.