Toys4Engineers is back and it’s bigger than ever, with a live Expo at the new Waterford Repligen plant, along with a host of online activity spanning a week-long celebration and showcase of engineering, tech and life sciences from across the country.

Taking place from September 27th to October 1st, the calendar of events includes Meet the Buyer meetings, industry training, speed networking, daily conferences, an online jobs fair, digital site visits and a career guidance seminar for second level students considering a career in STEM.
 
Launching the event, Gerald Hurley, CEO of Waterford Chamber said: “Having Toys4Engineers online last year proved extremely successful and it has given us the opportunity to grow the event even further into a week long offering. The one element we all missed was our live expo, so we are delighted to be bringing this back again, in accordance with Government guidelines.
 
“Our venue this year couldn’t be better. Thanks to Repligen, who announced 130 new jobs this week, we will be hosting our Expo at their new facility in Butlerstown. At present, the facility is empty as fit-out is due to commence in October and to be in a position to host our expo in this state of the art facility will certainly add to the occasion. The building is perfectly aligned to the green agenda for Waterford which will be a core theme to Toys4Engineers, as Waterford looks to become the first decarbonised city in Ireland.
 
“We are grateful to IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Waterford City & County Council, Waterford Local Enterprise Office, Waterford Chamber Skillnet, WIT, Crystal Valley Tech, Metalman Engineering, Engineering the South East and Cobotics Skillnet for their continued support.”
 
Welcoming Toys4Engineers to their new facility, Jonathan Downey, MD of Repligen Ireland said: “Coming on the back of our jobs announcement this week, I couldn’t be happier to support this event and offer our new facility as a home for the Expo. It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase our 33,000 square foot LEED Silver building and also to support the region in terms of promoting engineering and life sciences. We have long standing connections with Waterford Chamber and WIT and we have been involved with Toys4Engineers for a number of years, so to be in a position to host it is fantastic.”
 
Ken Thomas, Head of the WIT School of Engineering said: “This is the fifth year of Toys4Engineers and as the positive impact of engineering grows in the region, so too does this event. We are excited to bring together speakers from all over the world for our daily conferences, each which will have a specific theme, including Automation, Robotics and Cobotics, ICT and Digital transformation and of course Decarbonisation and the Green Deal, among others.
 
“In addition, working closely with the IDA and Enterprise Ireland, we will build on the success of our Meet the Buyer offering, whereby indigenous companies can meet directly with Supply Chain managers in the hope of doing business. This has proven extremely successful in the past and we are aware of a number of contracts that have ensued as a result.
 
“The city and the region need more engineering innovation and talent at all levels, so the Friday offering of a career guidance seminar is particularly important for us. We will be offering secondary school students a platform to ask industry and education experts about potential courses, career paths and opportunities, including third level education, apprenticeships and so on.”
 
Waterford Chamber are now calling on businesses in the region to sign up to the Expo and get back out in a safe manner to network with other companies. “Toys4Engineers is about doing business so we are encouraging all businesses within the broad engineering, tech and life sciences, construction and infrastructure sectors to sign up for the live Expo or any of our online offerings today and let’s come out of Covid with a renewed determination to support local and showcase our region as a great place to live, work, invest and do business”, Gerald concluded.
 
For a full line-up of events and to register, please go to www.toys4engineers.ie or contact Lynda Lawton by emailing lynda.lawton@waterfordchamber.ie for more information.