The co-opetition cluster: How a group of competing Irish firms have joined forces to reach new heights in the aerospace sector

As part of Emerald Aero, a number of Irish precision engineering businesses have come together to win business – and have found there’s strength in numbers

21st November, 2021
The co-opetition cluster: How a group of competing Irish firms have joined forces to reach new heights in the aerospace sector
Gerry Reynolds, chairman, Takumi Precision Engineering: ‘I could see there was more business out there. But as a small company I didn’t feel we had the market knowledge or scale to step into the aerospace market on our own.’ Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media

Gerry Reynolds has a simple philosophy when it comes to running Takumi Precision Engineering, the business he co-founded in 1998.

“I always say you don’t make sales in the precision engineering industry. You solve problems,” he said.

This focus is perhaps one of the main reasons Takumi now finds itself winning new customers in the aerospace sector, which is not a traditional avenue for Irish engineering firms.

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