IJBA 2022: Benetel Ltd. awarded EI Exporter of the Year


Esteemed members of the Ireland-Japan business community came together at the Ireland Japan Business Awards 2022 in the luxurious Conrad Tokyo Friday, 9th December.

Each year the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC) have the honour of celebrating key companies and individuals for their outstanding contributions to Ireland-Japan business relations. This year's ceremony took place in-person after a 3-year hiatus, and we were absolutely delighted to see the Ireland-Japan business community come together again in celebration after being apart.

The Enterprise Ireland Exporter of the Year award was one of three awards presented the evening of. This awardee is hand chosen by our partners in Enterprise Ireland to a company that has successfully entered the Japanese market or has demonstrated significant business momentum in Japan.

On behalf of the Chamber, we are very happy to announce that the winner of the 2022 Ireland Japan Business Awards EI Exporter of the Year is Benetel Ltd. Neil Cooney, Head of Enterprise Ireland Japan, presented the award to our winner.


Benetel is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland on the site of what was part of the original Guinness Brewery. They have over 20 years of experience in developing cutting edge technology for telecoms and mobility.  


Enterprise Ireland Exporter of the Year

Benetel Ltd. (https://benetel.com/)


Mr. Niall Keegan, Director of Business Development in Japan, gave a few words on Benetel’s achievements in being recognised for the EI Exporter of the Year. This was followed by a special video message from Benetel CEO Mr. Adrian O’Connor.

Mr. Niall Keegan, pictured with Neil Cooney, Head of Enterprise Ireland Japan, Ambassador of Ireland to Japan, H.E. Damien Cole and Yoshihiro Tsuchiya, IJCC President with the EI Exporter of the Year award the evening of the ceremony.


Comment by Mr. Adrian O’Connor, CEO, Benetel:

“We are deeply honored to be selected by the IJCC for the Exporter of the Year Award in 2022.  This award is as a result of the great support and confidence of our customers and partners in Japan. It also recognizes the outstanding work of the Benetel team to deliver leading-edge 5G products for the Japanese market”


A very warm Comhghairdeas again to all the recipients: the Founders of ElectroRoute, Benetel Ltd, ONODA Inc. and Rathbornes 1488.


Thank you to everyone who attended the event and for your kind support of our Chamber this year. We are honoured to have the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Ireland-Japan community with you, together this year. We know with our close friendship, both Ireland and Japan will only go from strength to strength in 2023 and beyond.


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