Press Release 07 Oct 2014

October 7th 2014 - The Newcastle West-based medical device components manufacturer Filtertek Ireland, an ITW Medical company, is set to expand its operations, adding 35 new manufacturing roles over five years, bringing total employment to nearly 100 people.

The expansion is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

Filtertek Ireland was established in Newcastle West in Co. Limerick in 1982. The company operates as a contract manufacturer, specialising in plastic insert moulded filtration and flow control components for the global OEM medical device market.  Principal products are anti-reflux and anti-siphon check valves used in IVs for drug infusion, kidney dialysis and blood transfusion sets.  

Filtertek Ireland’s customers include most of the top 30 global medical device market leaders.  This expansion positions Filtertek Ireland to grow with its existing customer base, while supporting the design, development and production of new medical components and finished devices.

The new positions will be a mix of machine operators, moulding technicians, engineers, quality technicians and production supervisors.

Speaking about today’s expansion and jobs announcement, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said: “Manufacturing is an area which was neglected by Governments in previous years, but since taking office we have made it a central part of our industrial strategy and have put in place a range of measures to support growth in this area. We are starting to see the results, with manufacturing employment now growing again, and productivity in this area is showing impressive results. Today’s announcement that Filtertek Ireland is expanding employment in Newcastle West  is a great boost for this area and evidence of what is possible for  manufacturing companies in regional locations. I wish Filtertek every success with this project.”

We are excited about growing our business in Ireland to develop innovative solutions for complex fluid management, filtration and flow control solutions for our global marquee medical device customers.  We are also thankful for the assistance received from the Irish Government and the IDA in supporting additional employment at our Newcastle West facility.

Law Burks, ITW Medical Products Division Vice President

Speaking on behalf of ITW Medical Products Division Vice President & GM Law Burks said: “We are excited about growing our business in Ireland to develop innovative solutions for complex fluid management, filtration and flow control solutions for our global marquee medical device customers.  We are also thankful for the assistance received from the Irish Government and the IDA in supporting additional employment at our Newcastle West facility.”

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said: “This expansion is evidence of Filtertek Ireland’s strong performance in the medical device components manufacturing sector.  The fact that Filtertek’s customers include most of the top 30 global medical device market leaders is further testament to its success. Supporting growth in employment in well established companies of this type in the regions has been an important focus for IDA and we welcome this news and wish Filtertek Ireland continued success.”

About the company
ITW is a Fortune 200 global diversified industrial manufacturer of value added consumables and specialty equipment with related service businesses. The company focuses on solid growth, improving profitability and strong returns across its worldwide platforms and businesses.  These businesses serve local customers and markets around the globe, with significant presence in developed as well as emerging markets.  ITW revenues totalled $14.1 billion in 2013. For more information visit ITW.com

ITW Medical Division is made up of two strong brands: Filtertek and Coeur Medical.  The division designs, develops and manufactures components and finished disposable devices for global medical device producers of IV Drug Delivery, Imaging and Minimally Invasive Surgical devices.  The division has sales offices on four continents including multiple offices in Europe, USA, China and Brazil.  It also operates seven manufacturing plants in Ireland, Mexico and the USA.  For more information visit ITWMedical.com

Filtertek Ireland was acquired by ITW in 2007. It’s one of three ITW Ireland companies, the others being, ITW Graphics in Kinsale and ITW Polymers in Shannon.  The company is based on the Shannon Development Industrial Estate in Newcastle West.

For further information please contact:
Filtertek Ireland: +353 69 62666
Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation: Conor Quinn: 087 3743783 conor.quinn@djei.ie
IDA Ireland: Ellen Lynch, Regional Press, Communications & PR Executive: 087 4112084 ellen.lynch@ida.ie

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