Apple to expand Cork campus with capacity for 1,300 additional employees

Apple is planning another major investment in Cork just months after announcing a new engineering and testing facility on its campus.

Apple is set to expand its operations in Cork as it plans to build a new campus that can house an additional 1,300 employees.

Although no official job announcement has yet been made by the tech giant, it understands that the new campus will serve as a base for most new hires.

The plan is subject to planning permission granted by Cork City Council. A petition is filed today (May 24).

Apple’s European headquarters are located in Holyhill, County Cork. It said in a statement seen by Newstalk technology correspondent Jess Kelly that it had invested more than 250 million euros in the expansion of its Cork campus over the past five years. This includes a new engineering and testing facility to test and analyze the company’s products across Europe.

The company currently employs over 6,000 people in Cork.

“We have called Cork home for more than 40 years and are excited to accelerate our investments here as we grow our team and expand our campus,” Cathy Kearney, Apple’s vice president of European operations, said to RTE.

“We are proud to be part of the community here, and with this new project we will continue to create new jobs, support local organizations and drive innovation on behalf of our customers,” she added. .

If the planning application is successful, the building is expected to be completed by 2025. In accordance with Apple’s sustainability policies, the building will run on 100% renewable energy. It will include solar panels on the pedestrian walkways as well as storage capacities and charging stations for bicycles, scooters and electric vehicles.

Apple’s expansion announcement was welcomed by IDA Ireland and Taoiseach Micheal Martin.

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said Apple’s Cork location has made a substantial contribution to the company’s global success.

Apple received IDA’s first “Special Recognition Award” in 2020, which recognizes the contribution of the organization’s customers to Ireland.

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