The Texas-headquartered business plans to increase its Galway workforce to 300 over the next three years.
HID Global has said it is on track to open up a new centre of excellence in the city later in the year. Having taken on 80 new staff members since 2019, it plans to increase its Irish cohort to 300 by 2023.
The business is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and established their base in Tully, Co Galway in 2006. Currently, it employs 180 people in Ireland and over 4,000 people across the globe, with teams in Argentina, Australia, Japan, Canada, the UK, Thailand, and more.
HID Global develops identity technologies such as ID cards, access control tools, and more. It developed the technology for Ireland’s passport card programme, which enables people travelling across Europe to use an electronic passport card instead of the traditional booklet.
Craig Sandness, The company’s senior vice-president and head of secure issuance and citizen ID solutions, said the new Galway base will be a “state-of-the-art facility” and will serve as a “major hub for the production of access and identification-related applications”, such as electronic passports and access cards, which represent large and growing segments of HID’s business.”
Sandness continues: “Our new facility in Galway underscores HID Global’s commitment to steadily expand our operations, R&D, supply chain, customer service, IT, finance, and other business functions to support a growing customer base across EMEA.
The company will be looking for printers, production operators and other various technical workers at its new centre, in addition to staff across finance, IT, supply chain and customer support.
Trevor Fox, Vice-president and site lead at HID Global Ireland, said: “Galway has been an excellent foundation for us to build from, and the continuing investment from HID to underpin our capability and growth plan can be seen as a huge boost of confidence in the area and the people behind the success.”
“Our employees have been outstanding at adapting throughout the pandemic and this adaptability and resilience allowed us to continue business as usual and drive on with this programme of investment. We are very excited to move to this new centre of excellence from 2022.”
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