History

Ceramicx was founded in 1992 by Frank and Gráinne Wilson.

The company designs and manufactures ceramic infrared heating elements and complete turnkey infrared heating systems/ovens for industrial and commercial applications. Ceramicx’s products and systems are used in a wide range of applications such as packaging, automotive and aerospace amongst others in applications such as thermoforming, preforming, pressure forming, welding, non contact drying, spot heating and numerous other industrial processes.

Since its initial inception the company has gone from strength to strength establishing a policy of backward Integration (opposite to outsourcing) with respect to machinery and equipment and exporting 98% of the goods produced to 80+ countries. Primary markets include Germany, UK, USA, Russia, Turkey, India, and China.

In its initial years Ceramicx regularly achieved growth of over 30%, this slowed during the Celtic tiger and forced Ceramicx to consolidate and focus on cutting costs to remain internationally competitive. Ceramicx bided its time maintaining turnover levels until the collapse of the Celtic tiger and Ireland’s focus was firmly turned to manufacturing exports once again.

In the last 10 years Ceramicx has found itself on a trajectory of growth with average growth levels of 15% annually to the current year. The company has also founded an R&D strategy investing heavily in people and equipment to move Ceramicx towards becoming one-stop providers for solutions, components and equipment builds.

In 2017 Ceramicx reached a new turning point with the completion of a major building expansion project. New office space, larger machine/oven building space and clean room environments are all aiding future growth.

Ceramicx original building
1992 Front of original building (L-R) Frank Wilson Sr., Frank Wilson (M.D), Henry Crowe (Franks Uncle) in front of original building.
Ceramicx new building
2018 View of Main Entrance to building and Visitors Carpark
Ceramicx History: tree planting
1995 Opening of Ceramics. (L-R) Grainne Wilson, Jim O’ Keefe T.D, Paddy Sheehan T.D, Michael Friel (Enterprise Ireland), Frank Wilson (M.D), Frank Wilson Sr., Minister Richard Bruton (Minister for Enterprise & Employment).
Ceramicx History: building
2009 View of main drive up to factory.
Ceramicx History: machine operator
1994 Engineering Area
Ceramicx History: machine operator
2010 Engineering Area
Ceramicx new building
View of Factory from road entrance 2018
Frank and Gráinne Wilson
2018 Frank and Grainne Wilson in their office.
Ceramicx History: production floor
2018 New production area

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