Unit Instruments Inc. of Orange, a subsidiary of Autoclave Engineers Inc., has opened a new facility in Dublin, Ireland.
Gabriel J. Byrne, who directs European operations for Erie, Pa.-based Autoclave, said that Unit Instruments was lured to Dublin by the incentives offered by Ireland's government and by the chance to expand its share in the growing European market for the mass flow controllers Unit manufactures.
When it becomes fully operational within the next few months, the plant will serve customers in Western and Eastern Europe and Israel, Byrne said. With the new facility, Byrne said, Unit could increase its 20% European market share to 30% and "offer its European customers the same service the domestic market gets from Unit in Orange."
Production will begin March 1 at the 4,000-square-foot Dublin plant, which has 20 employees. The plant will employ 70 workers when it becomes fully operational. Fifty of them will be involved in manufacturing the controllers, which are used to regulate the flow of gas in creating semiconductors and other products. Another 10 employees will concentrate on research and development, Byrne said, and the remaining 10 will manage and administer the facility.