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Edwards to create 120 jobs in new Dublin plant

The Vacuum engineering company Edwards is to set up a new service technology centre in Blanchardstown, in Dublin to support the semiconductor manufacturing industry here in Ireland.

Edwards supplies vacuum and abatement technology, along with the equipment and services, which are necessary to support the efficient and environmentally sustainable production of semiconductors.

The company said the centre in Blanchardstown will use advanced automation and data solutions to disassemble, clean, inspect, repair, replace and reassemble vacuum pumps and abatement equipment. 

The new facility will include warehousing facilities, factory areas, meeting rooms, and a dedicated training centre to cater to the practical and theoretical training needs of both Edwards employees and those of its customers.

Troy Metcalf, President of Edwards Semiconductor Service, said the company’s new Dublin site will become a flagship facility in its global network of service technology centres.

Edwards’ investment here is being supported by IDA Ireland. 

Source : RTE news

Lifesciences and Medtech growth

Ireland’s position as a global leader in the Medical Tech and Life Sciences sectors is underlined by the fact that 14 out of the world’s top 15 leading multinationals now have operations in Ireland.

Companies such as Boston Scientific, Medtronic, J&J/ DePuy, Stryker, Becton Dickinson, Baxter, Abbott and Cook continue to expand the sector, with many making significant ongoing investments.

“2018 saw a terrific combination of announcements from new names and existing companies,” explains Rachel Shelly, IDA’s Head of Medical Technologies Division, citing announcements by Edwards Lifesciences in the Mid West, the arrival of Quidel to Galway, expansions by Bausch and West Pharmaceuticals in Waterford, plus Avery Dennison in Longford.

She adds that innovation is also thriving, as seen by Becton Dickinson’s new global R&D centre in Limerick and Agilent Technologies Ireland opening of its purpose-built R&D extension to its Little Island facility in Co Cork.

“Today, over 74% of companies are engaged in R&D. There are 32,000 people directly employed in IDA client companies, and two of IDA Ireland’s Med Tech companies, Boston Scientific and Medtronic, are among the top five employers in Ireland.

“Companies like Abbott, Baxter, Stryker, Boston Scientific, Teleflex Medical, Medtronic, J +J, and Braun all have multiple Irish sites. There is also a strong global business services mandate, with 25% of our companies are engaged in such services,” she adds.

The Government’s policy and investments in STEM and support for innovation are also credited for the ongoing growth, coupled with client companies investments in the talent they are securing in Ireland, for the sector’s evolution from manufacture of class I non-invasive devices to today’s highly innovative Class II invasive devices and class III combination drug devices.

Martin Shanahan, IDA Ireland CEO, said that the very substantial contribution being made by the Life Sciences sector to Ireland’s economy is growing year on year.

“These are global companies operating at the highest level, using cutting edge technology and innovative processes to develop next generation medicines and medical devices to treat illnesses and medical conditions worldwide.”

He cites the example that the 25% of the world’s population that have diabetes rely on injectable devices manufactured in Ireland – that is over 30 million people. In addition, 50% of ventilators worldwide in acute hospitals are Irish made, 33% of the world’s contact lenses are manufactured here, 80% of global stent production is carried out in Ireland, as is 75% of global orthopaedic knee production.

“As a small island nation and against a backdrop of intense competition from other locations, geopolitical uncertainty and other challenges, we have developed a reputation in the sector that we can be justifiably proud of.”

Source: Irish Examiner

Top utilities employers in Ireland

Top employers in the utilities, energy and renewables sector

The most popular employers in the utilities, energy and renewables sector.
The top employers in the utilities, energy and renewables sector for 2018/19, as voted for by students and graduates, are:

1. ESB

Find out more about graduate careers with ESB here here

2.Bórd na Móna

Bord na Móna is an Irish company operating six business units: power generation, biomass, resource recovery, peat, horticulture, and fuels

3.Coillte

Coillte is a state-sponsored forestry management company, focusing on innovative and sustainable management of natural resources.

4. EirGrid

EirGrid plc is the state-owned electric power transmission operator in Ireland.

5. SSE Airtricity

SSE Airtricity was founded in Ireland in 1997 and is now an energy company owned by SSE plc. It is an international wind farm developer and energy company.

6. Irish Cement

Irish Cement Ltd is part of the CRH Group, one of the world’s leading building materials companies which is headquartered in Dublin

7. Veolia Water

Veolia is an Irish environmental services company. They provide a range of energy, waste and water solutions.

8. Ervia

Ervia, previously known as Bord Gáis or Bord Gáis Éireann, is a multi-utility company distributing pipeline natural gas, water services and dark fibre services in Ireland.

The Ireland’s 100 leading graduate employers survey is part of the European Student Barometer and is conducted by Europe’s leading graduate research firm, trendence.

For more information on major graduate employers visit gradireland employers

Source: Gradireland.com

Life Science sector profile

Life Science sector profile

There’s no better place in the world today for Life Science start-ups

The medical device eco-system in Ireland, in terms of access to specialised staff, managers, suppliers, advisers and investors is world-class. It is by far the best such system in an English speaking area within the favourable European regulatory regime.

The total Life Science sector, across medical devices, pharma and bio in Ireland:

  • Exports more than €45 billion annually.
  • Employs over 50,000 people directly.
  • Includes operations of six of the top seven diagnostics companies.

The Irish Medical Device sector:

  • Comprises 160 firms.
  • Employs more than 24,000 people.
  • Generates annual sales greater than €6 billion.
  • Includes operations of eight of the world’s 10 largest medical device companies.
  • Global players with substantial Irish operations include Abbott, Bayer, Becton Dickinson, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, Guidant, Medtronic and Stryker.
  • Ireland’s biggest home grown medical device company, Creganna/Tactx, employs over 800 people world-wide and provides a range of contract manufacturing and contract R&D services to start ups and global companies alike.
  • More than 50% of medtech companies based in Ireland have dedicated R&D facilities.
  • 80% of global stent production is carried out from Ireland.

“Ireland is recognised as a centre for life sciences and medical devices. Enterprise Ireland was particularly helpful in facilitating introductions to Irish clinicians who have played a critical role in the product development process.”
Chris Davey, Marvao Medical

Download Life Science sector brochure [pdf 284KB]

Source: Enterprise Ireland