Lir provides chemical bio-security products and the technical assistance to food processors to eliminate dangerous bacteria. There is approximately €26 billion per annum of turnover in the food and drink industry in Ireland alone. Each food processor in the industry must ensure safe biosecurity within their food plants and products.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations: Globally, dairy production, with 850 billion litres of milk valued at USD350bn is the top agricultural commodity in value terms, with 83% produced by cows, followed by buffalo (13%), goats and sheep. The sector is growing fast, with production and consumption expected to average 1.8% per annum over the next 10 years, with significant impacts on the environment, livelihood and public health.
Pig and poultry sectors have a common requirement in terms of hygiene in the production process. Traditional methods require significant water consumption, which can be eliminated through the use of the proven Lir product range for this purpose. Already Lir have a customer base of eighteen pig farms which continues to grow, given the benefits of the products targeting this sector. Trials show that each pig farm that adopts the Lir range has the potential to save 1 million litres of water annually.
The medical device sector continues to be a vibrant growth sector and a cornerstone of the Irish economy. Over 160 companies are involved in developing, manufacturing and marketing a diverse range of products and services from wound care products to precision metal implants including pacemakers to microelectronic devices, orthopaedic implants, diagnostics, contact lenses and stents. There are currently over 160 medical technology companies in Ireland, exporting €6.8b worth of product annually and employing 24,000 people - the highest number of people working in the industry in any country in Europe, per head of population. Multi use medical devices are now becoming a realisation due to cost and sustainability concerns.