History

Ward Automation was established in Sligo, Ireland in 1995. The company was founded by John Ward. John previously worked with a multinational medical device company initially as a machine designer and later managing automation projects sourced from established equipment builders throughout Europe. As almost all automation equipment at that time was imported into Ireland, John saw an opportunity to fill the gap in the market and formed Ward Automation Sligo.

Initially the business operated from a rented premises. In 2001 the company expanded into a purpose built factory and is currently extending the premises further to facilitate the continued growth of the business. Over the years second generation family members have joined the company in various engineering and management roles. A loyal and committed workforce has been synonymous to our success.

In 2007 Ward Automation Galway was formed and operates from a purpose built factory in Galway city.  The business is managed by Dave Mc Morrow, whose extensive experience in Engineering and R&D management roles with a major multinational manufacturer of minimally invasive devices has established Ward Automation as the leading equipment developer in this sector.

Both Sligo and Galway sites are ISO accredited and supply equipment worldwide to many leading blue chip multinationals.

In 2015 Ward Automation celebrated 20 years of delivering innovative, cost effective solutions to customers. An open house event to celebrate the occasion was a great success with over 60 customers in attendance.

Growing demands for the company’s ingenious automation solutions secured the need for a new state of the art manufacturing facility to be built in Sligo. The expansion will ensure the creation of highly skilled jobs in the Sligo area. Ward Automation has partnered with award winning McCabe Architects for the design of the new facility with construction expected to start on the green field site in Finisklin Business Park in August 2018.