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ESI celebrating 100 Years this year!


In 2013 ESI became part of the Indutrade group. With the financial backing of Indutrade (annual group turnover approx. €1bn), ESI will be able to accelerate its strategic plan to grow organically and by acquisition in the UK and Ireland. Initial contact with regard to commencing acquisition discussions should be made, in confidence, to Morgan O Brien. Click here for further information on Indutrade’s acquisition policy.


Southern Engineering was founded in 1919 by the Foley family and was the largest supplier of general Engineering Equipment in Ireland. Examples of some of the earlier boilers supplied by the company are shown below.

Sean P Foley former Managing Director & Owner of Southern Engineering from the 1960s through to 1980

November 1954 – Sinuflo Economic Boilers K 3207-8-9, each approx. 30 tons nett being off loaded from M.V. “River Fisher”

February 1947 – Jeremiah Patrick Foley, original founder, stands beside 11ft 9″ diameter Cochran Sinuflo Economic Boiler Worsted Mills Ltd., K 2305, 30 tons, under the 35 ton shear legs

Over the years various sister companies were formed to focus on the emerging Chemical / Pharmaceutical industries.  These consisted of:

Chempump – As the name suggest a company specialising in pumps, be it centrifugal / Magdrive / DiscFlo or PD pumps and Vacuum.

ESI Technologies – Specialising in Environmental technologies, from Jet Aeration to Solvent recovery.

ESI Process UK – A company setup in 2000 to support the then recently agreed Preferred Vendor Contacts with GSK & Pfizer in the UK.  Contracts which are still in place today, demonstrating the levels of Customer Service and Support & Value ESI provide.

In 2002 the present directors Morgan O Brien – MD / Brian Foley – Engineering Director / Declan Field – Operations Director completed a Management Buy Out.  From that point all 3 companies, in Ireland, were merged under the one company ESI Technologies Ltd and ESI Process UK was expanded.

The new owner-Directors, agreed to reinvest any profits back into the company to ensure its viability and its growth.  This commitment has paid dividends with ESI continuing to expand its operations in Ireland and the UK.

ESI now consists of a dedicated team of people in Ireland and the UK.  We are committed to customer satisfaction, using the expertise of our people to focus on customer requirements and by applying quality products, solutions and service.

ESI Technologies – More than Equipment suppliers……. Solution providers.