Foreign IT firms dominate Irish export list

Wednesday 17 July 2013 18.00
Microsoft Ireland's exports were 37% higher compared to last year
Microsoft Ireland's exports were 37% higher compared to last year

Foreign technology and pharmaceutical firms dominate the list of Ireland's biggest exporters, according to figures from the Irish Exporters Association.

With an export turnover of €13.7 billion, Microsoft is the country’s biggest exporter according to the latest Top 250 Exporters in Ireland and Northern Ireland survey, which was conducted in association with Investec.

That figure is 37% higher than exports from Microsoft a year ago.

Google was the country’s second biggest exporter, with a turnover of €12.45 billion, while Johnson & Johnson was the largest pharmaceutical exporter at €10.5 billion.

Half of the country’s top 20 exporters were information and communications technology companies, according to the survey, while seven were in the medical or pharmaceutical sector.

Total exports from the sector grew by 12% last year, maintaining Ireland's position as the second biggest exporter of computer and IT services in the world.

Paper and packaging producer Smurfit Kappa was the country’s biggest indigenous exporter with a turnover of €7.35 billion – putting it fifth overall.

Meanwhile Kerry Group was listed as the country’s biggest exporter of food and drink products, with a turnover of €5.69 billion.