About McWilliam Windsocks

McWilliam Sailmakers has been established since 1971 to be better than the standard.

In 1975 we bought our own plane to overcome delivery difficulties from Ireland to Europe. We found that it was impossible to buy a windsock that would last more than one year, so we made our own from sailmaking quality materials. Other fliers soon began to notice, and orders began to flow. We have grown into one of the largest windsock suppliers in the world.

We pride ourselves on our ability to provide top class service from our initial contact with our customers to our excellent on going service and distribution. We have a team of employees who will take care of all your needs and be happy to answer any queries you might have.

Originally designed for airfield use, the windsocks, swivels and masts are now increasingly sold to industrial and chemical plants. They are crucial for informing emergency services of the ambient wind direction and strength in the event of fire or gas leakage. Many industrial plants in Ireland need a windsock in order to comply with Environmental Protection Agency licensing requirements.

Novartis Ringaskiddy

Novartis Ringaskiddy is home to both the manufacturing site, Novartis Ringaskiddy Limited (NRL) and Novartis International Pharmaceutical Ltd, Branch Ireland (NIPBI) which is comprised of the International Services Laboratory, the External Supply Organisation, Supply Chain and administrative functions.

Employing approximately 600 people across the Ringaskiddy campus both NRL and NIPBI are important members of the Novartis global network.
Operational since 1994, NRL is a manufacturer of intermediates and active pharmaceutical ingredients. The €850m facility includes manufacturing operations, quality control laboratories, warehouse, technical, IT and engineering services.

McWilliam windsocks supplied Novartis Ringaskiddy with windsocks and equipment which is required to fulfill it’s EPA licensing obligations. We have worked with Novartis Ringaskiddy since its facility was constructed. Our high visibility windsocks act as wind direction indicators for staff and emergency services. This becomes particularly important in the unlikely event that there is a hazardous materials release within the compound.

Our windsocks have a lifetime of up to four years at the Ringaskiddy site – much longer than other windsocks at other sites – according to Novartis staff who have worked elsewhere.