In 2014, Seagate, which employs 50,000 people around the world, invested a further £34.7 million in its Springtown plant, from which the company develops and manufactures read-write heads for hard disk drives.
One of only six manufacturing plants in the world producing this cutting-edge technology, Springtown is now a crucial part of Seagate’s global business, and continuing to expand with the rapid increase in demand for storage capacity caused by new technology such as smartphones and cloud computing.
According to Dr Brian Burns, vice-president of the Seagate plant in Derry, local people and their skills are a major reason why the company continues to invest and develop in the City. “Our employees are hard working, dedicated, very innovative, and they come up with some great solutions,” he says. “Over the years you develop a lot of knowledge and that knowledge is very, very important when you’re dealing with the kind of technology we do and the knowledge base we have at Springtown is extremely important to Seagate as a whole.”