Mayo company wins at Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards

Michael Clarke of Clarke Engineering receives his Young Innovation of the Year Award. Photo: Traction

A MAYO company has won a top prize at the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena Awards, held in association with the National Plowing Championships.

Showcasing the future of Irish agri-tech, the awards recognize innovative agri-tech and agri-engineering capabilities and new product development in the agriculture sector.

Mayo-based Michael Clarke of Clarke Engineering won the Young Innovation of the Year Award for a dual-purpose machine that can both shake out and rake in grass.

It has a working width of 20ft for both tedding and raking, and is hydraulically driven with its own independent hydraulic tank and pump. All controls and changeover operations are carried out in the cab of the tractor. The power requirement is a minimum of 90 hp.

With a designated safe/danger zone, proximity works when the user comes within 10 meters of another user, and anchoring works when a user moves more than 10 meters away.

This year’s overall Innovation Arena Awards winner was Co. Kildare-based manufacturer of milking parlors and robotic systems Pearson Milking Technology.

Over 100 buyers and international media from 19 countries are attending events at the Innovation Arena at the plowing championships throughout the week.

Announcing the award winners at the international networking event in the Innovation Arena, Enterprise Ireland CEO Leo Clancy said: “A strong farming heritage and cutting-edge technologies have made Ireland a global center for agri-tech quality and innovation. By focusing on greater efficiency across every aspect of modern agriculture, Irish agri-tech businesses are delivering forward-thinking solutions to address some of the industry’s greatest challenges and changing demands.

“The positive impacts that these solutions will have on future global agriculture, particularly in relation to environmental, sustainability and digitalisation, are inspiring.”

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