Element Six celebrates sixty years of operations at Irish facility
October 15, 2021
Element Six Limited, headquartered in Didcot, Oxfordshire, UK, a specialist in synthetic diamond super-materials and part of the De Beers Group, is celebrating sixty years of operations at its facility in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland. Established in 1961, the Element Six facility in Shannon develops and manufactures synthetic diamond solutions supplying the global oil & gas, automotive & aerospace and mining & construction industries.
Since 2017, the company has invested €16 million in the Shannon site and has created 100 jobs in the area, bringing the total number of people employed to over 500. Over the next three years, the company reports that it will embark on further significant infrastructure programmes aimed at paving the way for the Shannon site’s future and improving its overall operational efficiency.
Commenting on the anniversary, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD, stated, **“**I’d like to congratulate the entire team at Element Six on reaching their diamond anniversary. It’s an incredible milestone and I know the company is proud of its long history in Shannon, employing over 500 people. Thank you for your continued commitment to Ireland and all the best for the next sixty years.”
Walter Hühn, Element Six CEO, added, “We are thrilled to celebrate this significant milestone – a diamond anniversary, fittingly – with our local and global teams. This is an opportunity to remember the past we built our foundations upon, but also – crucially – to remain focused on the road yet to come, our journey into a modern future where sustainability and digital transformation will not be finite projects to complete, but rather states of perpetual agility, enabling us to dynamically adapt to new market trends and customers’ needs.”
“With that in mind, today marks not only six decades of fostering talent, manufacturing excellence and diamond innovation in Shannon, but also building and nurturing a community that is at the heart of what we do, underpinned by the same values we upheld sixty years ago,” he continued. “Those values are embedded in the DNA of our company and its people, and will continue to be the driving force in ensuring a prosperous future for Element Six”.
Mary Buckley, IDA Ireland’s Executive Director, also commented, “I am delighted to congratulate Element Six on celebrating their Sixtieth Anniversary here in Shannon. Their commitment to the Mid-West Region [of Ireland] has been unwavering and is a testament to their excellent team, who have greatly contributed to this significant milestone. I’d like to thank Mr Walter Hühn and Element Six for their commitment to the Mid-West Region and I wish their teams continued success in Shannon.”