Science & Technology in Action


Dell was founded in 1984 by Michael Dell, the longest-tenured executive to lead a company in the computer industry. The company is based on a simple concept: by selling computer systems directly to customers, Dell could best understand their needs and efficiently provide the most effective computing solutions to meet those needs. Uniquely enabled by its direct business model, Dell sells more systems globally than any computer company, placing it No. 25 on the Fortune 500.

Dell was established in Ireland in 1990 and employs over 4,500 people. The company’s European manufacturing facility is located in Limerick with a European Business Campus based in Cherrywood, Co Dublin.

In 2005, Dell announced that Ireland had been selected as the location for an R+D Centre  for product development. The team is also responsible for the development of innovative software solutions to provide increased functionality and productivity in Dell’s manufacturing sites worldwide. The University of Limerick plays a key role in supplying engineering talent for the facility, while Dell employees are supported to study for master and doctorate degrees in the University in conjunction with their work on research projects.