Apple has a new engineering and test facility in its Cork campusVish Gainon April 26, 2022 at 08:12 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic

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Apple has opened a new multimillion-euro engineering and test facility in its Cork campus.

The state-of the-art facility will be used to test and analyse Apple products for the whole of Europe. A team of highly skilled engineers and technicians will be equipped with high-tech equipment such as CT scanners and electron microscopes to ensure product quality.

Hollyhill, Cork is home to Apple’s European headquarters and the new facility is the result of a renovation of an old warehouse purchased by the world’s most valuable company for “tens of millions of euros” – employing around 300 construction workers, mostly local.

‘First of its kind in Europe’

While the original structure of the warehouse has been kept intact, Apple said that the interiors have been completely transformed to create what it described as a “first of its kind in Europe”.

“Apple is continually looking at ways to improve its products for customers,” the company said in a statement shared and welcomed by IDA Ireland.

“The opening of this new facility demonstrates Apple’s ongoing investment in advancing skills and capabilities in Cork, adding new roles and enhanced facilities across several business units and teams.”

Apart from the investment in the new engineering and test facility, Apple also noted the “exceptional growth” of its Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AIML) team, which was first set up in Cork in late 2019 and has now grown to a team of more than 680 people.

Apple’s history in Ireland is tied strongly with its presence in Cork, where it first opened a manufacturing facility in 1980 and employed 60 people. Today, more than four decades later, Apple employs more than 6,000 people in Cork.

While the Covid-19 pandemic saw a decrease in footfall across all Irish tech campuses, the Irish Independent reported earlier this month that Apple is to require employees to be back on site at least two days a week by the end of this month and three days a week in May.

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