CANADIAN tech firm Optel Vision has announced 140 new jobs for Limerick as part of the company’s expansion at their Irish and European base.

Optel Vision specialise in track and trace and vision inspection technology for the manufacturing world is to create 140 new jobs in Limerick.

The European expansion involves the establishment of an EMEA Manufacturing and Operations Centre in Limerick at the former ON Semiconductor facility at Raheen Business Park.

“This announcement by Optel that it is establishing an EMEA manufacturing and operations centre in Limerick with the creation of 140 jobs is a huge boost for the city and for the manufacturing sector nationally,” the Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton TD said.

The roles will be created over three years in engineering, design, assembly, testing, customer support, sales, HR, finance and administration activities. Initially the company requires project engineers and technicians with a mechatronics background to deliver its Track and Trace Solutions.

The recruitment for the roles is to begin immediately.

“Design and Integration of our solutions required a lot of highly skilled persons. Ireland is offering us this unique opportunity in finding motivated and trained resources ready to support our European customers,” explained Optel Vision CEO Louis Roy

“The Mid-West and Limerick in particular is an ideal location to host such an innovative company, and Optel Vision joins a long list of innovative companies doing business in the region,” explained IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan.