K&B Transport is to open a new transport department in Dublin with a focus on infrastructure and public transport.
K&B is the world’s largest manufacturer of flexible plastic and composite materials for transport, and its products have been used in the manufacture of everything from bulletproof vests to jetpacks.
In a statement to The Irish Sun, K&N said the new division will create more than 1,500 jobs.
The company said it has been actively recruiting for a number of years, and it will be the largest new transport operation in Ireland.
“It will be an exciting time for the company,” said chief executive Peter Murphy.
“Our new transport team is working alongside our dedicated and experienced staff who will have the opportunity to work on exciting projects such as a new K&W factory in Dublin, a new airport in Galway and a new Laganbronse interchange in the north of the island.”
The new unit will be based at K&NB’s Dublin hub, where the company already operates a fleet of trucks and buses.
It is expected to be up and running by 2021, with the first truck to be delivered in 2019.
The move is part of a wider plan to transform K&BG into a high-tech, sustainable company.
In June, the company announced it would be investing more than €1bn in a new plant and a research and development centre in Co Kerry, and opening two new research and technology centres in Dublin.KM has also announced it will establish a new €1.3bn research and innovation centre in Londonderry and has been hiring more staff in recent months.KMH is one of the largest UK-based manufacturers of flexible materials, including flexible rubber, flexible plastics and flexible composites, with a portfolio of products in everything from aerospace to construction.