GGAA 2013 GGAA 2013

Plant Tours - Wednesday 12th June 2013

Booking Information

Places are limited and will be issued on a first come first serve basis. There is a charge of €30 per person.

To book a tour you will need to log into your account using your Ei access key, select the tour of your choice and arrange payment (credit cards only). Log in details were issued to all registered delegates via email. If you have any booking queries please contact

General Information

All tours will depart from the foyer of the Quinn School of Business, University College Dublin. You are asked to assemble at 9am for all plant tours.

The companies are based in different locations around Dublin, so travel time to and from the sites will vary from 30-60 minutes. On arrival at each location, the tours will last 60-90 minutes.

All tours will return to University College Dublin Belfield campus.

Please note that photography/video recording is not permitted at any of the company locations.

Each company has requested a list of participants in advance, so by signing up for a plant tour, you agree that your name, nationality and organisation can be provided to the company. There is a charge of €30 per person. Places are limited and will be issued on a first come first serve basis. If you have any booking queries please contact

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Manufacturing

Siemens’s Healthcare Manufacturing facility, based in Swords, Co. Dublin, is a state of the art manufacturing facility producing and supporting complex medical diagnostics analysers for a worldwide market. On this site visit, you will see examples of 'best in class' lean manufacturing processes and hear about operations initiatives that have been undertaken.

Aer Lingus

This site visit will give you a "behind the scenes" look at the ground operations of Aer Lingus (the national airline of Ireland) at Dublin Airport. The airline operates 43 aircraft and carries on average 10 million passengers per annum across 92 routes to Europe and USA. Aer Lingus also provides cargo transportation services to the UK, Continental Europe and the USA.

Aer Lingus has positioned itself as a 'value carrier' on the basis that the pure low cost and low fares model is not sustainable while a full service model would not be viable in serving its key markets. The fundamental elements of this revised strategic approach included better matching of capacity to demand (involving reduction of long-haul capacity and reductions in capacity on over-served short-haul routes), a renewed focus on generating revenue per seat rather than simple maximisation of load factor as well as more emphasis on partnerships and connectivity (e.g. United, Jet Blue, Etihad) to deliver on its primary mission of connecting Ireland with the world.