Case Study 11 Nov 2011

At a Glance

DePuy is the oldest manufacturer of orthopaedic implants. The company was founded in 1895 and revolutionised the fracture management industry by introducing wire splints to replace the makeshift wooden splints that were previously in use for stabilising fractures.

The company has a well established reputation as an innovator in new product development. In the 1960’s, DePuy researchers were at the forefront of the concept of total hip replacement, a development which is largely responsible for shaping the modern day orthopaedic market.

Depuy’s products are primarily used by orthopaedic specialists and spinal neurosurgeons to treat patients with musculoskeletal conditions resulting from degenerative diseases, deformities, trauma and sports-related injuries. DePuy employs approximately 6,000 people worldwide.

In 1998, Johnsons and Johnson purchased DePuy resulting in the creation of DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company.

This is a significant development for DePuy and the quality and commitment of our workforce were key factors behind this investment in Cork. We look forward to building on the success of our current operations.Mr. Ed Mackey, Vice President of Worldwide Operations, DePuy, Inc.

DePuy in Ireland

Depuy’s Irish operation is based in Co. Cork and employs over 575 people. The Cork operation was established in 1997 to manufacture orthopaedic hips and knees.

In 2002, in line with the company’s continuing success, a Global Supply Chain Organisation was established in Cork.

In early 2008 DePuy announced its intention to develop next generation orthopaedic products and processes for a global market at its Irish operation with the establishment of an innovation centre.

The Centre is an important part of DePuy Ireland’s future global strategy and the work of the Cork Centre will support the development of next generation orthopaedic products and operations. 20 people, with PhD, MSc and Bachelor Degrees in Biomedical Engineering, materials and quality, will work in the new purpose-built Innovation Centre and labs.