Ireland’s medical devices Industry boasts 15 of the world’s 25 leading medical technology companies. The sector employs over 22,000 people in 110 companies with sales in excess of €4 billion annually and a growth rate approaching 10%.
Healthcare and Medical Devices sector in Ireland
Ireland is a key global location for the Healthcare and Medical Devices Industry. Healthcare
spending, despite budget constraints, remains a key priority for the Irish Government, with
almost one quarter of Government spending invested in Health.
Ireland?s medical devices Industry boasts 15 of the world?s 25 leading medical technology
companies. The sector employs over 22,000 people in 110 companies with sales in excess of ?4
billion annually and a growth rate approaching 10%.
Moreover, Government spending on Health, at 78%, is above the OECD average of 73%,
meaning Ireland spends more per capita on healthcare than Germany, France, the Netherlands
With continued state investment in healthcare, and continued growth in Ireland?s highly
successful Medical Devices Industry, clear opportunities exist for UK companies to supply
products and services in the following areas.
? Medical Devices
? Medical Supplies
? Rehabilitation Equipment
? Home Healthcare Equipment
? Information Communication Equipment
Of particular interest to the Irish market are also Diagnostics, Orthopaedics, E-Health,
Consultancy and PPP.
Latest export opportunities ? Healthcare and Medical sector
Latest export opportunities - Ireland
Getting into the market
British companies wishing to enter and / or develop their business in the Irish market are advised
to undertake as much market research and planning as possible. There are few barriers to entry
with the same language, similar legal and regulatory structures as well as numerous cultural and
UKTI?s team in Ireland, with its wide local knowledge and sector experience, can provide a
range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their business in the Irish market.
This includes, but is not limited to:
? Provision of market information;
? Validated lists of agents / distributors / other Contacts as required;
? Key market players or potential customers in the Irish market;
? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you;
? Arranging appointments; and
? Organising seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company
in the Irish market.
More about doing business in Ireland
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
? Rebecca Wardell, Deputy Director, British Embassy Dublin. Tel: 00353 (0)1 205 3763 or
? Gavin Davidson, Trade Advisor, British Embassy Dublin. Tel: 00353 (0)1 205 3759 or
Contact your local international trade team
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to
overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
Latest events ? Healthcare and Medical
10th ? 11th October 2012
Annual conference and exhibition with over 100 domestic and international exhibitors, across
Medical device design, manufacture and aftercare.
Circa October 2013
Held every two years, the event is the most important high-profile national showcase event for
the entire spectrum of the Irish Medical Device Sector.
More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters