Our first business briefing in 2019 will take place on  Thursday January 17th 2019. at Pilz Ireland, IDA Business & Technology Park, Model Farm Rd, MAP                             Registration 6:15pm, finishing by 8:00pm

Our host for the evening is



John McAuliffe,  

Managing Director of Pilz and Vice President of Pilz International Services Group


John graduated from UCC in 1979 with an honours Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree. He gained a Diploma in Management from UL and continued his professional development with the Irish Management Institute and INSEAD. Following a career in the telecommunications, mini-computer and Personal Computer sectors, John took up the role of Managing Director of Pilz Ireland Industrial Automation when the company was formed in 1998. Following a successful start-up of market operations for the island of Ireland, the charter for Pilz Ireland was extended to include responsibility for the professional services product group globally. John assumed the additional role of Vice President, Pilz International Services Group. Pilz is an active member of the business community in Cork City and John supports the work of industry associations including Cork Electronics Industry Association, Cork Chamber of Commerce and the Ireland branch of IOSH.

Pilz is a leading global automation technology company founded in 1948 and headquartered in Stuttgart. www.pilz.ie


Pilz is a member of the demonstration and research platform SmartFactoryKL and is, as a member of OPC Foundation, actively involved in formulating uniform standards for Industry 4.0. Our systems ensure workers, plants and machinery stay connected, productive and safe. This is becoming more critical as levels of automation increase to achieve agility and productivity in manufacturing

The family-owned (Mittelstand)  identified Cork as a location to build an organisation and facilities to support the long term development of the Pilz group.

Pilz Ireland was founded in 1998 to serve the Pilz market in Ireland with the provision of Safe Automation Solutions. In the intervening 20 years Pilz group revenues grew by 400% and now employs greater than 2300 people with a network of wholly owned companies operating world-wide.

The campus in Ireland now houses 3 international Headquarter functions:

  • Pilz Software Development
  • Pilz International Services
  • Pilz Global Account Management

Combined with the local market operation, Pilz now employs 200 people in Cork. Pilz innovation is reflected in the development of software products, automation systems and professional services used to by their customers globally and locally to Automate Safely and adapt to the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution using new industrial applications including Human Robot Collaboration, Cloud Technologies, enhance reality tools (VR and AR).

The team in Pilz Ireland will discuss how though a culture of collaboration, entrepreneurial responsibility and a special Pilz Ireland spirit, they earned the trust of the family board to continually grow the charter for Pilz activities in Ireland

John and members of the Pilz Ireland Management team will present on the evening .


  Continuous Expansion of Local Charter by securing trust of the family controlled board!

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend.  

After the presentation, there will be a brief facility tour followed by the usual networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

Please let us know by return Email if you and/or others from your organisation can attend, for security reasons Pilz require we provide an attendance list by Monday Jan 14th 2019

 – so please register now.