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Edwards Lifesciences announces larger investment in Ireland
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, a manufacturer of patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, has it plans to increase its investment in Ireland by more than €80m (£69m) with the construction of a new and larger medical technology plant in the Mid-West of Ireland. This takes Edwards’ initial investment in the project of €80m to more than €160m (£138m).
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar along with Edwards’ company leaders, broke ground recently on this new facility, which is intended to support Edwards’ global supply network for heart valve therapies.
Edwards plans to open the new purpose-built facility in Limerick in 2021 and, once fully operational, it is expected to employ approximately 600 people. The state-of-the-art facility will focus on manufacturing sophisticated medical technologies, such as delivery systems and other components for Edwards’ market-leading therapies for structural heart disease.
Michael Mussallem, Edwards’ chairman and CEO said: “We are proud to break ground on a modern, state-of-the-art facility in Ireland that will serve as an important addition to our global supply chain to enable global delivery of our high-quality, life-saving heart valve therapies.”
“Since we established operations in Ireland last year, we have appreciation for the excellent business environment to help develop our operations. We are also proud that we have had the opportunity to begin to engage in local community activities and initiate educational and professional opportunities for our employees. We are confident that the addition of our talented and experienced team in Ireland to our growing workforce in the U.S. and around the world will provide valuable support to our shared goal of serving more patients in need.”
Edwards established operations in Ireland in 2018, and employs 50 people at a facility in Shannon. The additional investment around its new facility includes the purchase of additional land, the construction of a larger facility to allow for possible future expansion and the integration of upgraded technology.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar added: “The development of the Limerick city region is a major part of Project Ireland 2040. We are planning for the city to grow by 50% over the next two decades through enhanced regional accessibility, improved international connectivity and a competitive, educated workforce. The fact that Edwards Lifesciences has chosen Limerick for this new permanent facility is a very positive endorsement of the region as a great place in which to live, work and invest. Lifesaving, cutting-edge technologies will be produced here, resulting in the creation of 600 highly skilled jobs. I wish the company and their new workforce the very best as they embark on this exciting new project.”