Lyreco invests 34 million euros in an ambitious new expansion plan

Michael Walby, Lyreco Ireland National Sales Manager and Audrey Sherry, National Accounts Manager and longest serving member of the Lyreco Ireland team who celebrates 36 years with the company this year with Michael Milward, Managing Director of Lyreco UK United and Ireland

LYRECO, the world’s third largest distributor of workplace products and solutions, is expanding its Irish operations by investing €34 million in a new factory in Rathcoole.

The global company’s Irish presence dates back to 1970, with the company celebrating over 50 years in Ireland.

Lyreco Ireland currently employs 94 people and the opening of its new site in Dublin is expected to create 50 additional jobs.

The company has the largest field sales force in the industry and its new premises will be the largest of its kind in Ireland, with innovative vertical storage technology and 50% more capacity on site.

Michael Milward, managing director of Lyreco UK and Ireland, said Rathcoole’s new premises are part of an “ambitious expansion plan in Ireland which will see us increase our partnerships with our customers”.

“By investing some 34 million euros, we are committing our future to Ireland by demonstrating the depth of our ambition in this market.

“Expanding our business with our new factory will create over 50 new jobs, while significantly expanding our range of partnerships with Irish growers.

“This will create added value and jobs in the indigenous work solutions market, highlighting our contribution to the local economy.

“We’ve been quietly supporting and improving Irish businesses for half a century, but today’s announcement shows we’re ready to take it to the next level.”

Lyreco’s Irish customers include retail, industrial, hospitality, healthcare, construction and education, as well as the growing demand for teleworking and hybrid working.

The company stocks over 7,000 products in its Dublin distribution centre, many of which are available for next day delivery, and has access to over 3,000 additional products which can be delivered within 48 hours.

These products cover 18 categories, including stationery and general office supplies, cleaning and catering, hygiene and personal protective equipment, technology and much more.

The company says it is working towards a strict set of environmental and social targets, including zero waste to landfill by 2025 – Irish premises are currently increasing zero waste to landfill by 98%.

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