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Apple is expanding its presence in Ireland with a new product testing center, Irish Examiner Report, with the opening of a new office in North Carolina.

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Apple will open a new product testing center in Cork, Ireland, the first of its kind in Europe for testing Apple devices. On site, Apple engineers and technicians will use a variety of equipment, including electron microscopes and CT scanners, to test products with the goal of improving durability and performance.

The test center is located near Apple’s Holyhill campus and was previously used to store hard drives, manuals, and documentation. talking with him Irish ExaminerApple’s vice president of European operations, Cathy Kearney, said the new test facility was “a natural evolution of all the investments in recent years” in Cork:

The focus of this facility is to ensure the best product, durability and performance, and the lab team will test and analyze the full range of Apple products. This is the first facility of its kind in Europe and we are pleased to have it here in Cork.

The new testing facility in Cork follows the founding of an Apple team in Ireland dedicated to researching artificial intelligence and machine learning.

In the meantime, Wral reports Apple plans to spend $19.3 million to renovate the seven-story MetLife Building 3 in Cary, North Carolina. The location is temporary before a new $1 billion Apple campus opens in the state. According to Mark Lawson, president of the Cary Chamber of Commerce, Apple is in the process of hiring technical staff, developers and engineers for the new office.