The facility will increase the existing production area by 50 percent, while the newly announced jobs will increase the workforce by 25 percent. This will bring the total number of employees in Galway to 400 within the next 18 months. The new jobs include positions in engineering, research and development, production, quality and support services.
Speaking at the opening, Dr Mohsen Sohi said: "Galway, Ireland, is an internationally recognised centre for medical technology. We are creating 100 new jobs at our expanded Freudenberg Medical site in Galway to support our future growth."
Dr Mark Ostwald, CEO of Freudenberg Medical, added: "Ireland is strategically important within our global manufacturing network. The country is a world leader in the life sciences sector and is seen as the epitome of excellence and innovation in medical devices. By investing in our new, expanded site and growing our team, we are building on our 25-year history and strengthening our presence in Ireland-wide."
Freudenberg Medical employs more than 1,000 people in Ireland and has a total production area of 20,000 square metres at its plants in Galway and Co. Leitrim. Together, the Irish operations manufacture more than 16 million complex catheters per year, serving a global customer base. Freudenberg Medical has sites in major medical technology centres in the USA, Europe, Asia and Costa Rica. The Irish sites were originally established as joint venture partnerships with Cambus Medical and VistaMed, which have now been integrated into Freudenberg Medical. The business group generated sales of around 327 million euros last year.
Steven Langan, Vice President and General Manager of Freudenberg Medical's Galway site, said, "The continued success and accelerated growth of our Galway site is a testament to our talented team's commitment to high quality, innovative products and superior customer service. The new capacity, capabilities and talent in Galway will further deepen our customer relationships."