Vintage footage of Steve Jobs interviewed by the TV channel – RTE in Ireland. Apple just opened a factory in Cork and captivated the national interest. An American company settling down in Ireland was always something major.
On a lighter note, watch Steve bragging about Apple having a computer in the upcoming Space Shuttle mission :)
Apple in Ireland
A history of Apple in Cork (Ireland)
- October 1980: Apple establish a purpose-built 44,000-square-foot factory in Hollyhill employing 19 people.
- 1981: Just 12 months later, The workforce increases to 170 people with the plant doubling in size to 88,000 square feet.
- 1982: Apple opens 30,000-square- foot plant in Millstreet creating 200 new jobs producing keyboards.
- June 1985: Apple announces closure of its factory in Millstreet with the loss of the final 80 jobs.
- October 1985: Apple celebrates its fifth anniversary at Hollyhill, employing 230.
- November 1988: Hollyhill plant grows to 140,000-square-foot employing 500 people.
- June 1989: Cork beats competition from Paris to secure a major IR£48m expansion, making Hollyhill the single largest manufacturing facility in the country, employing 950.
- October 1990: On its 10th anniversary, Apple announces a further expansion, increasing the plant to 340,000-square foot creating a further 150 jobs bringing staff levels to more than 1,000. Outside the staff located at Hollyhill, an estimated 4,000 more workers benefit from the company’s operations in Cork.
- May 1992: In the first major setback for the company, Apple shifts production of circuit boards to Singapore resulting in 400 job losses.
- November 1995: Following years of steady expansion, staff levels at Hollyhill stand at 1,500 people. The company announces another major expansion bringing an extra 600 people to the plant.
- 1997: Despite a corporate revamp, the company struggles in the face of competition from Microsoft.
- However the return of original company founder Steve Jobs revives its fortunes. His first product, the iMac computer, manufactured in Cork, is a major seller.
- February 1999: Production of iMac moves to Wales, leaving just 500 staff at Hollyhill amid fears the company will pull out completely.
- 2000: Hollyhill plant transformed from a manufacturing centre to a service based one, saving hundreds of jobs. Fortunes of Apple improves internationally with the phenomenal success of the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
- May 2010: Apple Computers overtakes Microsoft as the world’s largest technology company by market share. The Hollyhill facility employs more than 2,000 staff in a variety of roles.
- April 2012: Apple, who now employ 2,800 people at Hollyhill announce plans to expand their facility and employ a further 500 people over the next 18 months.
Source: Evening Echo