The expansion of both companies reflects the high demand for Irish high-tech construction and engineering services in Sweden and throughout the Nordic region. According to Enterprise Ireland, Ireland’s trade and innovation agency, over 50 Irish high-tech construction companies operate in the Nordic region, with only 40 in Sweden. A high level of mission-critical facilities are being built in the Nordic region and Irish companies have been leading, designed, built or adapted contractors for all the overall data center projects in the region.
Kirby Group Engineering has officially opened its latest office in Gävle. Five years since the Irish company started working in Sweden, this announcement is a clear statement from Kirby‘its commitment to continued growth in the Nordic region. Kirby‘s cutting-edge expertise and experience in the construction of data centers, as well as the team‘s reputation for project delivery, has helped secure a number of prestigious contracts with global technology leaders. As a result, the business in Sweden has quickly grown to become one of Kirby‘busiest in Europe.
Kirby’s team throughout Sweden represents several nationalities from all over Europe as well as the Gävle area. The majority of Kirby‘s current project is located in the Gävle region, which was a decisive factor in choosing this location for the company‘s regional headquarters, as well as warehouse and workshop facilities.
Group MD at Kirby Group Engineering, Mark Flanagan praised his team: “Achieving this milestone in Kirby history can be attributed to the commitment, dedication and hard work of the people in our team. Sweden has quickly proved to be a good place for us and us‘looks forward to building on our growth and our contacts there for many years to come. ”
Group Engineering Director with Kirby, John Grogan says that the official inauguration is another highlight for the company‘continued success: “In recent years, the business has grown significantly in Ireland and abroad. We have now established a strong foothold in the Swedish market and that‘is something we‘everyone is really proud of. An important part of our business plan is the collaboration with local companies, which work really well in Gävle and these partners are an integral part of our ability to deliver projects here. ”
Operations Manager in Sweden, Pearse Dolan proudly acknowledged the support Kirby has received from the local community: “Gävle is the perfect place for our office. The transport infrastructure and proximity to Stockholm make it easily accessible for our team. IN‘I want to acknowledge the welcome and support we received from the local community, especially from Klara Wirdby from Gävle kommun, to help us establish our business in the region. ”
Collen also announces the opening of its new offices in Gävle, having already established itself as an entrepreneur at the forefront of the fast data center sector in Europe. Collen has worked in Sweden since 2017 and before that in Germany since 2014. The base in Sweden will continue to build on the company’s reputation for performance, quality, value for money and a partnership with all stakeholders.
Since 2017, the company has‘s turnover in Sweden has increased from €110m 2017 to over €320 million by 2020, and growth is expected to continue in the near future. Collen has experienced significant growth in the data center sector and has built hyper-scale data centers for a number of customers in the market.
Collen is recognized as a Level 1 contractor and offers a complete range of construction services including management contracting, construction and civil engineering, design assistance, alliance / partnerships and turnkey contracts in addition to traditional construction procurements.
Collen‘European Director, Tom O‘Connor said, “We are pleased to be able to open our new European office in Gävle, Sweden, which is proof of the value that the competence and competence of our staff has given to the wider organization. This is a natural development given the significant business in the area and shows the company‘s long-term commitment to our European strategy. By establishing a solid base here, it will support the growth of our European company for many years to come. ”
Tom continued, “Collen‘Our strong foundation of experience, knowledge and commitment are all evident in our success and expansion over the past decade, but also in our impressive portfolio of customers. We strongly believe that the key to our success has been our many years of focus on consistent delivery of cutting-edge expertise to our customers, while at the same time being a leader in a high-tech construction environment.
“We are extremely proud of our achievements, which would not have been possible without our highly qualified team of management and technical staff. By working in collaboration with customer representatives, design consultants and subcontractors, our teams ensure the delivery of projects to the highest standard on time and within budget. ”
Collens CEO, Tommy Drumm said, “At Collen, we have extensive experience of owner-based, high-scale data centers that prioritize sustainable energy, low energy consumption and intelligent systems in the design and construction process. Part of our policy is to collaborate with as much local expertise as possible, and our customers have seen the value this provides for our projects. With the opening of our new office in Gävle, we will continue to work with our partners in the data center’s supply chain, and we look forward to building on these local relationships. ”
Company Ireland, Ireland‘s Trade and Innovation Agency, with offices in Stockholm and Copenhagen, supports the growth of Irish companies in the Nordic region. Nearly 300 Enterprise Ireland customer companies are active in the Swedish market. Enterprise Ireland customer exports to the Nordic region increased by 33% by 2020 €1.1 billion. This is largely driven by a continued increase in demand for Irish high-tech construction and engineering services.
Commenting today‘s announcement, Karin Angus, Company Ireland‘s Global Lead for Data Center sa; “Irish construction companies have a strong reputation for delivering large complex projects internationally and have become central to the supply chain in the Swedish and broader Nordic data center industry. We work with the Swedish and Irish construction industry to create additional partnerships and collaborations to deliver the construction needs in the market. There are currently about 40 Irish companies working on data center projects in Sweden. ”
“Today‘Announcements from Kirby Engineering and Collen are very welcome. More than 1,200 people now work with both companies throughout Sweden. Their announcement today means their continued investment to expand their business and deliver to their customers in the Swedish market. ”