An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has officially opened the Frankfurt Office of Collen GmbH during a two-day trade visit to Germany.
The event marks the launch of the Dublin based family-owned construction company in Europe where its focus will be on construction of turn-key data centres.
Speaking at the event the Taoiseach said: “Collen Construction is an excellent example of an innovative Irish company, expanding its specialist services into the competitive but much larger European market with assistance from Enterprise Ireland. The Government’s focus has been on providing the supports for exporting companies to prepare for the challenges posed by Brexit – building on the recent growth in exports by helping them to consolidate their existing relationships and develop new partnerships.”
Collen Construction’s spokesperson Tom O’Connor, thanked the Taoiseach saying “today’s event marks the beginning of a new phase of growth for Collen Construction. Over the past 5 years, we have successfully completed the construction of 1.6 Million square feet of hi-tech space and have expanded our operations into the German market. Through the launch of our Frankfurt office, we will seek to secure work in other European countries and with the support of Enterprise Ireland have already established strategic partners to deliver built-solutions Europe-wide”.
Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland welcomed the official opening saying “Collen Construction continues to push the boundaries of construction in the fast-paced data centre industry. Enterprise Ireland is proud to support Collen in progress towards becoming a market-leader in the German data-centre construction sector. Our ambition is to inspire more Irish companies to build their scale and expand their reach to markets beyond the UK, following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. We look forward to working closely with Collen to optimise their full international growth potential, creating and sustaining jobs in Ireland.”
Established in 1810, the Collen brand is built on its strong reputation for quality and excellence in Building. Drawing on over 200 years of reliable project delivery in Ireland and the UK, Collen is committed to completing each project on time and within budget to quality standards that exceed client expectations. Safety, Quality and Sustainability are at the core of the Company’s operations and it has achieved NSAI Accreditation in all three areas.
Collen’s experience in this sector adds significant value for end-user clients and with its new base in a major commercial hub, it’s poised to make its mark across Europe.