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Martin Kinsella

Martin Kinsella, Director of Business Development at Comau LLC, has over 30 years of experience in the automation industry. With a proven track record in all aspects of engineering and management, his responsibilities have included R&D, simultaneous engineering and virtual factory simulation through to system commissioning and program launch.

Martin began his career in engineering in 1981 at Vauxhall Motors, after which he moved on to more technical automation and robotic engineering positions at various companies. Martin worked in installation, commission, and programming of body welding assembly systems in the main OEMs. He leveraged his skills into a position with Estil/Pico – which would eventually become Comau – where he continued to grow, leading successful launches of multiple body shops. He was responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s self- pierce riveting technology. Martin’s career trajectory led him into a position as Engineering Manager in the UK before making his way to Comau LLC in the U.S.

In 2012, he became Comau’s Director of Materials and Technology and relocated to Michigan, establishing Comau’s Global Centers of Excellence. In his role, Martin ensured Comau’s longstanding leadership in the application of advanced research and innovation to improve manufacturing processes within mission-critical industries throughout the world.

In 2018, he became Comau’s Director of Business Development. In his current position, Martin is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships on the company’s behalf in an effort to strategically develop new business opportunities and relationships for the company.

Martin leads Comau’s partnership with Manufacturing USA’s The LIFT (Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow) Institute. Manufacturing USA is a national network of research institutions and industrial companies geared toward advancing America’s leadership in manufacturing technology. Martin is a LIFT Executive Board Member, LIFT Technology Board Member, LIFT Chair of the Workforce Development Committee, and was a member of the UK Trade Investment Advisory Board. Additionally, he actively supports STEM education through his participation on the FIRST Robotics Michigan Committee and World Committee.

As an avid supporter of veterans, Martin helped create Operation Next, an initiative launched by The LIFT Institute. Operation Next is a new model for equipping separating military personnel with the skills needed for the most in-demand advanced manufacturing civilian careers in the country. Through his involvement with Operation Next, Martin has worked directly with the U.S. Department of Defense and lobbied on behalf of the organization.

In 2014, Automotive News recognized Martin’s outstanding work in the automotive industry by naming him Automotive News 2014 Manufacturing All Star.

Educated in both England and Ireland, Martin has lived and worked in the United States since 2012.  He resides in Bloomfield, Michigan with his wife and two adult sons.