Press Release 09 Dec 2013

Minister Sherlock announces that DePuy Synthes Companies plans to expand in Cork with a $36 million research and development investment and the creation of 38 high-quality positions.

Cork, December 9th, 2013 – Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, TD, today announced that DePuy (Ireland), one of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, plans to invest in excess of $36 million in a research and development (R&D) programme which it anticipates will support 38 new positions, primarily at Masters and PhD level, at its Ringaskiddy plant in Co. Cork.

The five-year project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through IDA Ireland.

DePuy (Ireland) established a manufacturing facility in Ringaskiddy, Cork in 1997 and manufactures orthopaedic products for global markets.   There are several Johnson & Johnson companies operating in Ireland, employing a total of 1,900 people.

The new programme is designed to build core competencies in the areas of advanced processing technology, new materials development and advanced process implementation for the DePuy Synthes Companies organisation.  Recruitment for the new positions has already begun and details of the positions can be found on. www.careers.jnj.com

Making the announcement, Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, TD said, “DePuy Synthes Companies' plan to expand its operations with a $36million investment in a research and development (R&D) programme and create 38 new high quality jobs is fantastic news for Cork.  It is further proof that Ireland continues to be a key location for Life Science/Medical Devices companies of this calibre who wish to expand and grow their business. I am sure this decision was hugely influenced by the quality and commitment of the existing management and employees at the Cork facility.   I want to congratulate all those associated with this announcement and wish them continued success in the future.

Welcoming the announcement for DePuy Synthes Companies, Joe Sendra, Vice President of Manufacturing Engineering & Technology within the supply chain organisation said:  “Driven by diverse and highly skilled engineers, it is anticipated that the Operations Technology Development Centre will provide platform technology development across critical process areas for the DePuy Synthes Companies.

“IDA Ireland is a key partner for us and has enabled us to advance the pace of both technology and process development.”

Commenting on the announcement, Dermot Clohessy, Executive Director, IDA Ireland said: “DePuy Synthes Ireland is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, one the world’s largest and most diverse healthcare corporations.  Today’s investment in research and development (R&D) is an important part of DePuy Ireland’s future strategy and further endorses Ireland’s established reputation for R&D activities in the international market place.”

Photos available from Adrian O’Herlihy, Tel: +353-21-4371811

Media enquiries:
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DJEI
Press Office, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Tel: 353-1-6312200, press.office@djei.ie

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