Ireland celebrated a major economic boom with the opening of a huge new manufacturing and research facility for US medical device company Stryker.
aoiseach Micheál Martin will officially open the new expansion which will encompass a 156,000 square foot development outside of Carrigtwohill in East Cork – and offers the company the potential to create up to 600 new jobs in the future.
The facility – in Anngrove, outside Carrigtwohill – is the latest major investment by Stryker in their Irish operation, which is now recognized as one of Cork’s largest employers.
Stryker today employs more than 4,000 people in manufacturing and research facilities in Cork, Limerick and Belfast.
Mr Martin – who spoke ahead of the opening – said it was great news for Cork and Ireland.
“Today’s opening and announcement of capacity for new positions is a testament to the power, dedication and vision of the Stryker team and to Stryker’s growth and success here,” he said.
“The Government will work to ensure that Ireland remains an attractive location for the medical device sector and business in general, supported by our highly skilled and talented workforce.”
Stryker’s investment revolves around a dedicated 3D printing and research center.
The company is a global leader in the application of additive manufacturing technologies, also known as 3D printing, to healthcare innovation, particularly in the manufacture of specialized medical devices.
The company manufactures products to treat bone-related diseases of the knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, facial skeleton and spine, as well as patient-specific solutions for people with significant disease progression, for whom there is often no alternative.
Anngrove is not only home to Stryker’s manufacturing facilities, but is also the global headquarters of the AMagine Institute, Stryker’s center of excellence in additive manufacturing.
The institute develops breakthrough technologies, from early research and development to full market introduction and scaling, and applies these emerging technologies across its portfolio of products and services.
Viju Menon, President of Stryker Group, said it was an exciting day for the company.
“The new facility and talent will continue to unlock new opportunities previously not possible, accelerate innovation globally, and continue to support our mission to improve healthcare together with our customers.”
“With our experience and proprietary technology, we are excited to reach more patients and drive growth with this additional investment. We are also excited to expand our talent base in Ireland with engaging roles across a range of disciplines in a diverse, safe and inclusive work environment.”
IDA Ireland Chief Executive Martin Shanahan said this was further good news for the Irish economy.
“Stryker has been innovating in additive manufacturing in the MedTech industry for more than 20 years and opened its Anngrove facility in 2016,” he said.
“The expanded facility furthers the company’s four decade long commitment to Ireland and recognizes the strong ecosystem of universities, engineering talent and partners like IDA.”
“It also builds on Stryker’s outstanding track record of innovation and demonstrates the key role Anngrove plays in the company’s global additive technology research and development.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/economic-boost-as-us-medical-devices-firm-stryker-to-open-in-cork-41886899.html Economic upswing through the opening of the US medical technology company Stryker in Cork