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Versatile Packaging

Since the foundation of the State nearly 100 years ago the people of Monaghan have been regarded as having a wonderful entrepreneurial and innovative mindset which led to self sustainability and economic growth. One has only to look around North Monaghan to see all the indigenous businesses and the employment opportunities available and the vast majority of these were begun by local people. Versatile Packaging, based at the Silverstream Business Park is a prime example as is the Business Park itself. The directors of Versatile Packaging, Richard Mulligan and Michael O'Reilly, formed Versatile Packaging Limited in July 1998. Both directors had an extensive food production background, which enabled them to give a 'hands-on' solution to customers. The company is fast becoming one of the leading suppliers of equipment in Ireland and the UK for Modified Atmosphere Packaging and Weigh, Fill and Seal applications. It also offers a complete range of specialised packaging materials including barrier, anti-fog and dual-ovenable films, ready meal packaging and rigid containers. They place great emphasis on Customer Satisfaction by ensuring high quality products and a guaranteed technical service back-up for all clients. Looking to the future expansion and innovation Versatile Packaging has been awarded a Science Foundation Ireland industry fellowship award. Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, recently announced €1.8 million investment in 23 new Science Foundation Ireland Industry Fellowships and Versatile Packaging has been selected. The Minister explained -'SFI Industry Fellowships provide a vital platform for the flow of talent and expertise between our academic institutions and the corporate world. Industry partners benefit from access to leading edge technology within Irish academic institutions and our research community gains first-hand knowledge of research in a commercial setting.” As reported by SFI, discussing his participation in the Industry Fellowship Programme, Dr Sibu Padmanabhan said; "I am looking forward to the year ahead with Versatile Packaging. My research will focus on developing an antimicrobial coating process for food packaging, to ensure safety, reduce food waste and in turn support sustainable food development. The SFI Industry Fellowship Programme has enabled me to connect with a relevant industry partner in Versatile Packaging, where access to real world expertise and high throughput processing technology will be a huge benefit to my research.”
We congratulate Richard and Michael and the entire staff of Versatile Packaging and wish them further success and growth. Minister Humphreys visited Versatile Packaging on Monday, June 25th and was briefed on the company and how the fellowship will benefit both the company and the work of SFI.

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