Our story begins with
2 Senior Naval Officers…

Conor and Ronan were working together on a ‘save lives at sea’ mission and project to prevent breakdowns at sea. Their team, through advanced pre-emptive machine condition monitoring revolutionised engineering reliability to dramatically increase machine uptime.

Over a period of 3 years, the team lead by Conor and Ronan enabled and supported the fleet to save over 17,000 lives – this was directly due to no machine failures and consequently no loss of days at sea.

Even a minor machine failure within a vessel can result in its removal from its area of operations, having to travel to a repair facility with a loss of a minimum of 2 days – and for more major failures, the vessel could become off line for a long period of time.

How could this process be applied to the wider industry?

Conor and Ronan were wondering what is happening in the wider industry, questioning – “if we are experiencing these issues and solving them here in the maritime industry what is happening in wider industry…”

Conor visited a Pharmaceutical site and was struck by the similarities of their machinery to the inside of ships.

And, hence ARQ was born – transferring their expertise in the maritime domain to include the Pharma and Energy industries. A revolutionary approach to condition based maintenance was created, utilising oil analysis – ‘we focus on the condition and the quality of the oil and never hit that early failure indicator of wear metals’.


ARQ was founded 13 MAY 2016 by Co-Founders Conor O Sullivan and Ronan Carey.

An Enterprise Ireland Company

ARQ are an Enterprise Ireland company with seven (7) employees. Approx. 65% of business is local, 25% national & 10% International.

Award Winning


ARQ are an award winning company (Intertrade Ireland Seedcorn Investor readiness regional winner & all-island finalist, LEO National Enterprise Awards national finalists, Interreg Proto Atlantic national winners & national representative in Europe).

We are grateful to our valued Supporters: Enterprise Ireland, Cork County Council, Interreg, Cork LEO, and Intertrade Ireland.

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