Our History

OUR HISTORY

Southern Engineering was founded in 1919 by the Foley family and was the largest supplier of general Engineering Equipment in Ireland.

1919

Southern Engineering was founded in the early 1900’s by the Foley family and was the largest supplier of general Engineering Equipment in Ireland.

1923

First signed agency agreement with
SKF Bearings.

1946-80

Sean P. Foley former Managing Director & Owner of Southern Engineering

1956

First signed pump agreement with SIHI Halberg

1993

First large systems orders for Chemical Pharma & Industrial plants in Ireland

1994

Chempump a subsidary company of Southern Engineering awarded ITT Goulds Agency

1997

ESI Technologies Ltd established (merger of Southern Engineering & Chempump)

1999

Office relocation from Cork City to Dunkettle

2000

ESI appointed master distributor in UK and Ireland for Habonim 

2001

ESI appointed Continental Disc Corporation distribution in Ireland

2002

ESI launched the NovaSeptum sampling bags into Ireland’s leading Bio-pharmaceuticals. 

Awarded the GSK Valve & Actuation contract for UK and Ireland . This agreement is still in place today with over 60,000 valve and actutors delivered to date

2003

Awarded Pfizer Europe contract for valves & actuation

2004

ESI appointed as Emerson distributors

2005

ESI appointed Parker Mitos distributor for single use products

2013

ESI acquired by the Indutrade Group

2015

ESI Ultrapure division established to focus on growth of the Biopharma market

2017

ESI Technologies BV was established in the Benelux region to focus on the Biopharma market

2018

ESI expands headquarter facilities in Cork, Ireland

2019

ESI Technologies cele brates 100 Years in business

Southern Engineering was founded in 1919 by the Foley family and was the largest supplier of general Engineering Equipment in Ireland.

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 paid dividends with ESI continuing to expand its operations in Ireland and the UK.

In 2013 ESI became part of the Indutrade group. With the financial backing of Indutrade, ESI are able to accelerate strategic plans 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.

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