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Seabrook Director Dick Lehane receving his award

Seabrook Director Dick Lehane honoured with the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Business’ award

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Dick Lehane receiving his award from Cork Chamber President Barrie O’Connell, alongside John Higgins of EY and chamber Chief Executive, Conor Healy at the awards on Tuesday night.

We are delighted to announce that Seabrook Director Dick Lehane was honoured at the Cork Chamber’s Dublin Dinner, where he was given the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Business’ award.

At the event in the Double Tree Hilton Hotel on Tuesday night, which hosted 550 guests from across the business and political communities of Dublin and Cork, Mr Lehane was recognised as one of Ireland’s outstanding business leaders for his work with EMC.

As former Senior Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing for EMC, Mr. Lehane was instrumental in not only bringing the the multinational giant to Cork but also in its subsequent phenomenal growth.

Commenting on his award, Mr. Lehane said  ‘This award is really special, to be recognised in a room of business peers by Cork Chamber, who have been at the heart of Cork’s business community throughout my career, is truly humbling. The roll-call of previous winners is outstanding and I am honoured to have my name alongside such greats.’

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Ibec Global Graduate Robert Kavanagh joins Seabrook as Business Development Executive

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We are delighted to welcome Robert Kavanagh to Seabrook Technology Group as a Business Development Executive.

Robert joins us from Ibec’s prestigious Global Graduates postgraduate programme where he specialised in Global Business Leadership. The programme, the longest-running of its kind in Ireland, pairs exceptional graduates attracted by an international career with leading Irish companies to help them activate their leadership potential.

The 2016 Ibec Global Graduates. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

The 2016 Ibec Global Graduates. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography


With an undergraduate degree in Business, Robert also holds a First Class Honours Masters of E-Commerce from Dublin City University. Due to client growth in the past year, Seabrook have opened offices in the UK, strengthened our presence in the US and close to doubled our workforce in our Irish headquarters. Robert’s role will be to host events and webinars with the aim of educating medical device manufacturers on operational excellence.

Speaking about his new position, Robert said “I am delighted to join a company that is so dedicated to the latest advances in manufacturing technology and to consistently delivering the highest standard of customer service. As Seabrook expands internationally, I look forward to using my postgraduate experience to spread the message globally about the great work being done by the team.”

Welcoming Robert to the company, Seabrook’s Managing Director Sean O’Sullivan said: “As the company continues to grow, we are delighted to welcome Robert on board to facilitate events in Ireland, the UK and North America. His enthusiasm and knowledge will be key assets to the team as we work to build on our initial success in these markets.”

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Seabrook COO John Dzelme writes guest blog for Med Tech Intelligence

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Seabrook’s Global Chief Operating Officer John Dzelme has written a highly informative guest blog on why medical device manufacturers can’t ignore Industry 4.0 for the popular website Med Tech Intelligence.

John Dzelme, who is an internationally recognized expert in MES and lean manufacturing, discusses how advanced software, technology and manufacturing processes will help companies stay competitive in this new era of the global ‘smart’ or ‘digital’ factory.

He describes the four ways Industry 4.0 will impact medical device manufacturing from how the the Internet of Things will be central to why manufacturing processes must support Cyber-Physical Systems.

You can read the full article here.

MESA Ireland demystify Smart Manufacturing at Limerick meeting

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From L – R: Ian Foley, Seabrook Technology Group, Desmond Savage, ATS, Tom Murphy, IT Consultant, Wayne Bursey, Siemens & Andrew Daly, Vision ID

Over 40 professionals attended a very interactive and topical MESA Ireland meeting in the Castletroy Park Hotel on September 20. The principal topic for the day was ‘ Demystifying Smart Manufacturing ’ which was presented by Desmond Savage; MESA Ireland Co-Chairperson and Tom Murphy MESA Ireland Committee member. Other MESA Ireland committee members present on the day; Andrew Daly, Ian Foley and Wayne Bursey.

The meeting kicked off with Ian introducing the group and Desmond presenting on MESA International and the latest initiatives. MESA International is a not-for-profit association that promotes best practices in Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions. Some of the trending topics currently on-going within MESA, include:


Desmond Savage, ATS, introducing MESA International.

Following the introduction, Tom and Desmond presented the main topic of the day ‘Demystifying Smart Manufacturing’. Tom kicked off discussing the history of Industry 4.0 and the evolution of the Smart Manufacturing initiative. During this presentation, there was great discussions with the audience on topics such as:

  • What are the challenges and barriers that currently exist e.g. difficult regulation and lack of education
  • Ireland has been very successful in implementing Lean and Six Sigma/Shingo projects, but the focus for Smart Manufacturing does not seem to exist; should there be government sponsored initiatives? Should MESA play a role?
  • Data – Many customers were focused on data; how to use it, how to store it and how to benefit from it. The focus on Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things is driving customers to use this data and explore potential business advantages from it. Data driven services are a key topic for now for the discrete manufacturing environments.
  • Members – Current membership options are available here.
  • MESA to get involved with Industry 4.0 Ireland Inc. but which one, as there seems to be 2 or 3 at the moment.
  • The slides presented can be accessed here 



Tom Murphy, IT Consultant, presenting ‘Demystifying Smart Manufacturing’

Following the presentation, a networking lunch was hosted in the same room which gave the participants the opportunity to continue the vibrant discussions. For those who could afford the time, Vistakon, a Johnson & Johnson company who are one of the world’s leading producers of contact lenses, offered to host a group and give a tour of their advanced manufacturing facility location 10 minutes away. The feedback from the tour was very positive and the MESA Ireland Special Interest Group (SIG) again would like to extend our thanks for the support and time given by Vistakon.

Please watch out for upcoming events hosted by MESA Ireland SIG (see LinkedIn Group) and if not already a member of MESA, join today and help build a vibrant community of Irish manufacturing professionals contributing to Demystifying Smart Manufacturing!



Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland visits Seabrook HQ

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Seabrook was delighted to recently welcome Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland to our Cork headquarters. We enjoyed a fun morning with Ruby, a beautiful, highly- trained black Labrador mix. Like all the specially trained dogs at Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland, Ruby provides safety, independence and companionship to children with autism and their families

Autism Assistance Dogs also gave an interesting and informative talk, where Seabrook staff learned that it takes two years and €15,000 to train one dog. They provide both Assistance Dogs and Companion Dogs to the children they help.

Assistance dogs are suitable for children with autism aged between 4 and 12 years. They are working dogs who are attached to a child for safety when they are outdoors. Companion Dogs are more suitable for older children who don’t need a dog for safety when out and about. They are great for companionship for children who could otherwise be isolated, and can help with teaching them a sense of responsibility.

Seabrook are great supporters of this fantastic charity and are hugely impressed with the fantastic work that they do.

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