Ireland is one of Europe’s largest MedTech hotspots and, as a globally recognised centre of excellence, is home to 300+ companies, employing over 40.000 people, 14 of the world's top 15 companies have operations here. Ireland also employs the highest number of MedTech personnel per capita in Europe.
Ireland’s MedTech sector has become one of the leading clusters for medical device products globally.
Exports of Med Tech products represent 8% of Ireland’s total merchandise exports.
2ND LARGEST EXPORTER
Ireland is the no. 1 exporter of contact lenses from the EU and globally.
Contact lens exports from Ireland totalled over €1bn in 2020.
Ireland is the no.1 exporter of stents in the EU and globally.
Stent exports from Ireland totalled over €2bn in 2020
Ireland is the 4th largest exporter of artificial joints in the EU and the 3rd largest globally.
Artificial joint exports from Ireland totalled over €1.3bn in 2020.
Ireland is the 2nd largest exporter of diagnostic reagents for patient administration from the EU and the 3rd largest globally.
Exports from Ireland totalled over €306m in 2020.
Ireland is home to a closely knit cluster of 300+ MedTech companies (indigenous and SME), supported by industry, academic, clinical and government agencies. This integrated and progressive community has already encouraged an increasing number of companies to expand operations across multiple facilities.
14 of the world’s top 15 medical device companies have a base in Ireland and the sector employs 40,000 people throughout the country- making Ireland the largest Med Tech employer per capita in Europe. Ireland has a deep pool of experienced and highly trained technical and managerial talent. Key areas of specific excellence include mechanical, electronic, materials engineering and science.
Ireland is ranked number one globally for the most highly employable graduates. The MedTech sector benefits from this flow of skilled graduates produced by Ireland’s 10 universities and 14 Institutes of Technology. Close cooperation between industry and academic institutions ensures the evolving skill needs of sector are constantly met.
As the 2nd largest exporter of MedTech products in Europe, Ireland supplies 97 of the world’s top 100 countries (ranked by GDP), for 13 billion euro worth of exports a year. Ireland’s MedTech performance is built on a proven track record for consistent operational excellence and innovation. Ireland is home to multiple Shingo award winners, and two World Economic Forum global lighthouses for Industry 4.0 (DePuy and Jannsen).
Ireland’s exemplary regulatory environment continues to play a key role in attracting global MedTech companies. Regulation agencies work closely not only with the industry as a whole but also with individual companies to ensure compliance and trouble-free start-ups.
Ireland boasts seven clinical research facilities, which support patient-focused research and is ranked number one globally for the exchange of technology and ideas. This supportive environment and generous government grant assistance is responsible for an impressive 75% of MedTech companies in Ireland engaging in research and development activities.
The key driving force behind the stunning success of Ireland’s globally recognised MedTech sector has been active collaboration between companies. The industry is also closely integrated with key academic centres of excellence, including CURAM, AMBER, Tyndall National Institute, Insight, BDI, SEAM, PEM and APT. Ireland is home to 7 clinical research facilities and is ranked number 1 globally for Knowledge Diffusion.
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Newcastle West-based medical device manufacturer Filtertek, an ITW Medical company, today announced plans to invest almost €2m in an innovative NPD programme.
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West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: WST), a global leader in innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, has created 60 new jobs in Dublin as part of establishing a new global finance shared service model here.
The new shared service model centralises West’s key finance activities in Dublin and Exton, Pennsylvania, to drive efficiency and support increasing company growth. The new center in Dublin includes various accounting and finance activities and will create greater scale and value for West’s global business and operations. West now employs over a thousand team members across Ireland, including its manufacturing facilities in Waterford and Dublin.
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Signifies Continued Growth and Commitment to Integer’s Customers
3M, the science-based global technology company, has announced that it is to establish a new research and development technical centre in Dublin – called the 3M Digital Science Community – with the anticipated creation of more than 100 new jobs over the next two to three years.
Meissner Filtration Products announced today that their new manufacturing facility in Co. Mayo is operational. The new facility features a state of the art 930 m² (10,000 ft²) ISO class 7 cleanroom dedicated to the manufacture of Single-Use Systems. Validation of the facility was completed in mid-April and the facility is currently manufacturing products for their biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical client base.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD on Friday last performed the official opening of Fort Wayne Metals new 45,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility which will lead to the creation of up to 80 new jobs over five years.
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Stryker announced today the opening of its Digital Platform Services Centre of Excellence in Dublin, Ireland, and a strategic collaboration with RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) to develop digital solutions for use in emergency and specialist care settings to provide more seamless care coordination for patients suffering from time critical medical emergencies.
Natus Medical Incorporated announced today the expansion of operations in Gort, County Galway with an official opening of a new Distribution Centre Located in the IDA Business Park. The new Distribution Centre is a custom-built 22,000 square foot facility that expands the existing Natus facility in Gort to over 66,000 square feet.
Boston Scientific Galway has officially opened a new facility at its Ballybrit site. The expansion facilitates increased capacity to support global product demand and also includes an industry-leading Equipment Technology Centre. The new facility is at the site of the former Digital building and the company is investing €60M in this phase of development, with over 250 people expected to be based in the new facility by the end of 2019. Boston Scientific Galway has a workforce of over 3,700 people covering all aspects of product design & manufacturing exporting more than four million life saving medical devices each year.
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, celebrated its 50th anniversary of manufacturing in its Dún Laoghaire plant.
The celebration was led by Minister of State for Higher Education and Dún Laoghaire TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, and senior leaders from BD and IDA Ireland. Opened in 1969, the site is central to the company’s global pen needle manufacturing operations, with more than 5 billion needles manufactured annually in Dún Laoghaire.
Stryker today announced that it is to invest over €200m in Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) projects at three of its five Cork facilities as it continues its vigorous innovation journey to deliver next generation products and services across its Medical Surgical, Orthopaedics and Neurotechnology and Spine offerings.
Global life-science innovation leader, Allergan, which is headquartered in Ireland and operates four facilities here, has announced a €65 million capital investment programme for 2019 to facilitate the continued expansion of the company’s state-of-the art laboratories and manufacturing campuses at Westport in County Mayo and Clonshaugh in north Dublin. The Westport facility has created 63 new highly skilled jobs, bringing total employment in Ireland to more than 2,000 across the country. One in ten employees in Allergan’s global workforce is based in Ireland.
Minister of State for Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen TD today announced that Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland) will be adding approximately 100 new roles as part of about a €100M expansion of its manufacturing operations at its site in the National Technology Park, Plassey, Limerick.
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Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) (“Bausch Health,” the “Company” or “we”) today announced it will invest to expand contact lens manufacturing capacity at its Bausch + Lomb sites in Waterford, Ireland and Rochester, N.Y. The Company is adding multiple production lines at these two sites to support the manufacture of its innovative daily disposable silicone hydrogel (SiHy daily) contact lenses.
Harmac Medical Products Inc., a leader in the international contract medical device market, today marked its 20th anniversary in Castlerea with a special celebration for staff and guests.
Harmac Medical Products Ltd. was established in Ireland in 1998 to meet the service needs of its international client base. The facility strategically positions Harmac as a world-class medical device manufacturer by providing a direct presence in Europe.
Leading medical technology company Stryker celebrates 20 years in Ireland
Company operates seven sites, employing over 3,000 people
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