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PLATO EBR visits Abcon

18 May 2016

PLATO EBR recently held one of their network group meetings in the Abcon facility in Cootehill. Participants learnt of the company history and developments and the growth issues the company faces going forward into the next five years.

Lyn Sharkey, Sales and Marketing Director with Abcon who is a Group Leader with the Cavan grouping (pictured below) explained that in 2005 Abcon Industrial Products Ltd was created with management buy-out of part of ATA Tools by Barry Smith, Paul Gilsenan and Sean Daly.  The new company continued manufacturing Abrasive Belts and Discs in Belturbet, Co Cavan and increased their customer base for these products while also growing their range of tools and related merchandised products, which they distribute for well-known brand names.

In 2007, the search for a larger premises, led the company to re-locate to Cootehill, where they bought the 80,000 sq ft CavMac Hose Building. They then re-generated the manufacture and building of Industrial Rubber Hose which had been carried out on this site since 1977.  The company continues to go from strength to  strength with the development of their Vulcanised Rubber Lining division in 2012. Lyn said, "In March last year, the company began manufacturing Stainless Steel Jacking Pipe Couplings, which are used in Trenchless Technology in the construction sector which has been a great success story for us and it proves the various divisions of Abcon are engaging in strong R&D Activity to continue to expand and compete in a global marketplace with over 110 skilled workforce, a growing product range and sophisticated software systems to track customer demands.”

Dr Cecilia Hegarty, Director of PLATO EBR acknowledged the contribution of Abcon to the PLATO EBR  Programme 2015-16 and thanked Lyn for the comprehensive tour of the Facility. “PLATO EBR has a scheduled Programme for Site Visit Study Visits for its Network members.  For details see below and to Book for a Tour please email


Site Visit Tour

Who is Giving Tour

Booking code

Thursday 2nd June 2016


Paul Shortt


Tuesday 21st June 2016


Jim Loughran


Wednesday 6th July 2016

Abcon Industrial Products

Lyn Sharkey


Tuesday 13th September 2016

McArdle Skeath

Micheál Mc Ardle


Thursday 22nd September 2016

GEM Oils

Helen Milligan


Thursday 6th October 2016

Glen Dimplex Dunleer

Joe Hughes







Lyn Sharkey, Sales and Marketing Director, Abcon

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