Engineering Industries Ireland Appoints Galco Steel’s Ed Byrne As New Chair

30 Nov , 2023  

The Engineering Industries Ireland, an Ibec group representing the engineering sector, has announced the appointment of Ed Byrne, Group Managing Director of Galco Steel, as its new Chairperson. He succeeds Niall Fay, Director of Grant Engineering, while Claudia Binder, Managing Director of Liebherr, assumes the role of Vice Chair. The announcement was made during EII’s Inaugural Leaders lunch, sponsored by Jungheinrich and the Engineering Skillnet, celebrating the conclusion of their second year as a trade association, at Killashee Hotel.

Ed Byrne, Managing Director of the Galco Group, oversees Ireland’s largest galvanizing operation, boasting five strategically located plants nationwide. With over 25 years of experience in engineering, Ed has recently directed his attention towards sustainability, both as the head of Galco and as the Chair of IBEC’s Medtech and Engineering Sustainability Working Group. Ed has previously chaired the Galvanizers association of the UK and Ireland and sits on the board of the European General Galvanizers Association.

Commenting on his appointment, Director of EII, Pauline O’Flanagan, stated, “EII represents more than 150 industrial engineering companies in Ireland. The engineering sectors Ibec oversees contribute €8.8 billion, making up 3.6% of national exports. These sectors include 10,800 enterprises, employing 50,751 people, with 65% being in indigenous companies. A strong engineering sector is crucial for Ireland’s economic success and addressing societal challenges. With Ed’s leadership, EII Ireland will support the industry in navigating these challenges and positioning it as a key leader in climate action.”

In response to his new role, Ed Byrne shared, “With a robust foundation in engineering, Ireland is uniquely positioned to take a leadership role in developing innovative solutions for a sustainable economy in 2024 and beyond. However, to realise our vision, we need the right talent. Engineering Industries Ireland and Engineering Skillnet will continue to play a key role in upskilling and reskilling professionals to meet evolving industry demands. I look forward to supporting as the industry meet these challenges as the new EII chair.