Visit focuses on innovation and technology to deliver impact, drive economic growth in the EU.
CORK, Ireland, June 13, 2013 – United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the central research organization of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), hosted Máire Geoghegan Quinn, European Union Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, June 6, at its United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Ltd. (UTRC Ireland) in Cork. The visit connected Geoghegan Quinn with company leaders committed to delivering impact through innovation and strengthening Europe's standing as a global leader in energy efficiency while motivating economic growth.
Commenting on her visit, the Commissioner said:
"I am happy to see first-hand the excellent work being carried out here in Cork by United Technologies Research Centre Ireland. This is an acknowledgement of the quality of Ireland and Europe as a location for top-level research. The participation of the company in several EU-funded research projects shows that we can attract the best high tech companies to our program, and we encourage innovative companies to participate in even greater numbers in Horizon 2020."
The Commissioner was welcomed by Isaac Cohen, Director, UTRC Ireland, who commented, "The work of the European Union to make innovation a cornerstone of its economic strategy, so ably piloted by the Commissioner, is good for Europe and aligns with our approach to developing research and innovation with impact."
"We fully support the Commissioner's leadership throughout the EU to create an environment that values technology-driven growth, and our European hub for innovation in Cork is a direct acknowledgment of the excellence of the facilities and of the research being undertaken and the agility and opportunities represented by Ireland. We see many opportunities to drive growth through advanced technologies in both energy and aerospace sectors," Cohen said.
UTRC Ireland was established in 2009 with an initial focus on renewable energy, microgrids and integrated energy and security systems over a wide range of scales. Today, the Centre's technology portfolio remains focused on its core sectors with opportunities to explore developments in aerospace. The office is led by General Manager John Milton-Benoit and employs a team of approximately 30 engineers, including 21 Ph.Ds., who leverage UTRC's global network of world-class expertise.
United Technologies Research Center delivers advanced technologies to the businesses of United Technologies Corp. to improve the performance, energy efficiency and cost of UTC products and processes.
UTRC partners with UTC business units and external research organizations across the globe to pursue research and deliver innovation with impact, providing technology options that meet and anticipate the needs of the marketplace.
Founded in 1929, UTRC is headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., and operates an office in Berkeley, Calif. and research and development centers in Shanghai, China, and Cork, Ireland.