Minister Robert Troy pictured in Spain this week.

Westmeath Minister leads construction sector trade visit to Madrid

Robert Troy, Westmeath's Minister of State with responsibility for Trade Promotion, Digital, and Company Regulation, is today (Tuesday) beginning a two-day visit to Madrid to promote Spain as a destination for Irish construction exports.

Enterprise Ireland said the visit would focus on the experience and expertise of Irish construction companies in the high-tech construction sub-sector, which they could bring to the growing data-center sector in Spain.

The Spanish data centre market is expected to grow by 13% over the next 5 years, reaching an expected value of $4.1 billion (USD) by 2026.

The companies participating in the visit represent a wide regional spread, with participants based in Dublin, Limerick, Louth, Roscommon, Tipperary, Wicklow and Wexford.

Speaking in Madrid, Minister Troy commented; "For Irish companies looking to start their export journey, or indeed for those already exporting and looking to grow their market reach, I encourage them to consider Spain and the wider Eurozone market.

"The Eurozone is one of the world's largest economic regions and benefits from ongoing economic growth.

"With significant post-Covid investment and recovery programmes driving opportunity across the region, the potential for innovative Irish companies is there for the taking.

"I look forward to seeing how Irish construction companies are helping their Spanish partners connect with cutting edge Irish innovation.

"Trade is strong between our two countries and the potential to further strengthen our economic links with Spain is clear," he said.

As part of his trip, Minister Troy will visit Enterprise Ireland client companies C&D Foods and Zartis, who have successfully grown in the Spanish market.