Conference celebrates hardware community in style

This year’s HAI Conference has set the bar high, with over 270 delegates enjoying a jam-packed day of speeches, seminars and networking opportunities in...

Bunnings British bubble set to burst

Despite making a €10.25m profit in Ireland in their financial year ending February 2017, Homebase’s overall U.K. and Ireland acquisition has encountered severe volatility,...

Economic impact study reveals key industry data

Positivity, growth, and an unbalanced recovery are among the new data revealed by HAI’s ground-breaking survey. Hardware Association Ireland is delighted to announce the publication...

HAI study group tours top UK stores

In the middle of October, HAI brought two delegations of members on study tours to Milton Keynes in the UK. Hosted by Steve Collinge...

AI, robots and internet of things shape future of home improvement

HAI Chief Executive Annemarie Harte reports from the Fifth Global DIY Summit held recently in Berlin. Delegates heard that Amazon will soon be market...

Beware the Behemoth! – Amazon

HAI Chief Executive Annemarie Harte was recently invited to a BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) Forum in Coventry where Amazon representatives presented on...

The Hardware Show 2017 sets new standards for industry’s main event

More than 2,000 people visiting from hardware stores and builders merchants attended the Hardware Show 2017 in March. This year’s show attracted the largest attendance...
kieran burke hai president

Undaunted by uncertainty – President on member services, Brexit and the future of hardware

Kieran Burke, Group Procurement Director, Grafton Group plc, has been elected as HAI President for a two-year term, assuming the role at a defining...

Rebuilding Ireland – Minister Coveney provides update on progress to date

Rebuilding Ireland, the Government action plan on housing and homelessness was welcomed by Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) when it was launched last July by...

New space, new phase for HAI

CEO Annemarie Harte on HAI’s move to new premises. Hardware Association Ireland, in a variety of guises, dates back to 1938 but its recent history,...