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ESI Technologies Group 100 Years Celebration Open Day

ESI Technologies Ltd
North Esk Business Park, Dunkettle, Cork
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May 17, 2019
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Our History

ESI Technologies Group is celebrating an important milestone in 2019
100 years in business!

We are incredibly proud of achieving what few companies do – A century in Business!!. We are planning a year-long celebration of our 100th anniversary, with an open day, staff party and charity fundraising to name but a few.  

Originally founded as Southern Engineering in 1919 by the Foley family, it was the largest supplier of general Engineering Equipment in Ireland. Over the years various sister companies were formed to focus on the emerging Chemical / Pharmaceutical industries.  These consisted of:-

Chempump – As the name suggests, a company specialising in pumps, including centrifugal, Magdrive, DiscFlo/ PD pumps and Vacuum.

ESI Technologies – Specialising in Environmental technologies, from Jet Aeration to Solvent recovery.

ESI Process UK – A company setup in 2000 to support the then recently agreed Preferred Vendor Contacts with GSK & Pfizer in the UK.  Contracts which are still in place today, demonstrating the levels of Customer Service and Support & Value ESI provide.

In 2002 Morgan O Brien, Brian Foley and Declan Field completed a Management Buy Out.  From that point all 3 companies, in Ireland, were merged under the one company ESI Technologies Ltd and ESI Process UK was expanded.

In 2013 ESI became part of the Indutrade group, a company listed on the Swedish stock exchange, with a turnover in excess of €1.5 Billion.  Been part of the Indutrade group enabled ESI to continue its expansion plans into Mainland Europe

ESI now consists of a dedicated team of people in Ireland, the UK and now in the Benelux region.  We have seen many changes in our 100 years, but one thing remains constant - commitment to customer satisfaction, using the expertise of our people to focus on customer requirements and by applying quality products, solutions and service.

We would like to use this milestone to thank our incredible( dedicated) employees, past and present for their hard work and spirit that has made ESI the company it is today.  We would also like to thank our dedicated(loyal) suppliers whom (who) are the backbone of all we do.  And to our customers, with your support and loyalty we look forward to building on our 100 years’ experience and to continue to provide you with the highest standards of customer service.  Thank you sincerely for your support.

"A fantastic achievement and one that we would never have reached without the help and support of countless people along the way.  ESI Technologies owe our longevity to the customers, suppliers, employees and communities we've worked with over the years.

Long may we continue on our journey with the same level of teamwork, innovation, vision and spirit that has proven so successful over the past 100 years"

Brian Foley, Engineering Director & 3rd generation of Foley in ESI/Southern Engineering


"The evolution of ESI Technologies from its original beginnings as Southern Engineering to where we are today has been a journey of success and achievement.  In 1919 JP Foley laid the foundations for the business we all work in today. A business built on honesty & integrity, quality suppliers, loyal customers and above all a fantastic group of people working in ESI. 

I feel privileged to be part of the ESI Team and the continued success story"

Declan Field, Managing Director, ESI Technologies Group


"Since joining Southern Engineering in 1992, it has been an amazing journey with great people.  In this period we have grown our sales by a factor of 50 times. As a Team we have taken Southern Engineering / ESI back to its Number 1 position as supplier to the Chemical / Pharmaceutical industry in Ireland and at the same time expanded into the UK & the Benelux.  And it’s not over yet!

I am proud of the achievements of the team at ESI / Southern Engineering

Morgan O’Brien, Senior VP, Indutrade Flow Technology AB