This is part 2 of our regional overview of the medical device industry in Ireland. Last week we looked at the West of Ireland, today we look at the South, South East and Midlands regions.
Cork has significant expertise in orthopaedic technologies. Stryker, which manufactures orthopaedic implants, minimally invasive surgical equipment and neurovascular products, is the biggest medical device employer in Cork. Stryker is building a new 44,000 sq. ft. surgical innovation centre in Cork that will conduct research on the surgical issues of bone cutting and soft tissue dissection. Stryker employs 1,200 people across its 3 Irish sites, two of which are located in Cork. DePuy Synthes produces orthopaedic knees and hips from its Cork plant, employing over 600 people. This site also includes a global supply chain operation and an R&D Innovation Centre. Boston Scientific employs approximately 1,100 people in Cork and produces over 5,600 devices, primarily for their Cardiology, Rhythm and Vascular Group, Endoscopy, and Urology & Women’s Health Divisions. ‘
Waterford hosts contact lens manufacturer Bausch & Lomb and precision engineering company Schivo. Bausch & Lomb is investing €75 million to increase its manufacturing capacity. Nypro Healthcare announced plans to establish a state-of-the-art facility in Waterford, which will create more than 200 jobs manufacturing complex respiratory and injection devices. Clearstream in Enniscorthy, which was bought by CR Bard, has added 160 roles since 2011 and, after a significant capital investment in its facility, will have the capacity to add 200 more roles in the coming years. Boston Scientific employs over 700 people in Clonmel and manufactures all of their pacemakers and implantable defibrillators for the global market. Abbott Vascular is also located in Clonmel and manufactures a host of vascular devices for the international market.
Medical device activity in Athlone with KCI, Covidien, AMS Medical and Teleflex all located there. Other notable companies in the region include Abbott Diagnostics and B. Braun in Longford. These companies, with the exception of Teleflex, are all involved in the manufacturing of various MedTech products, from diagnostic kits and advanced wound care products to an assortment of medical tubing. Teleflex has a shared services centre and its European HQ in Athlone and runs key back-office operations from this site. It currently employs 160 people in Athlone and is set to add a further 100 jobs over the next three years. Renew Health established its manufacturing business in Athlone in June 2014 and now employs 30 staff. Integra Life Sciences are continually investing in their site in Tullamore. They have expanded to over 100 staff and are refurbishing their facilities to increase automation. Moss Vision is a new start-up in Roscommon that manufacture contact lenses.
This completes our regional overview of the medical device industry in Ireland. It is quite clear that this is a vibrant sector of the economy, one that creates demand for a broad range of skills, particularly engineering skills, and is regionally diverse. Ireland will continue to attract FDI over the coming years and an already strong indigenous MedTech sector will further expand.