Wednesday 31 August 2016

Swissport, APC and MSD create 500 new jobs

Published 15/02/2016 | 11:11

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton

APC, the Irish pharmaceutical company, and Swissport, the ground handling services firm at Dublin Airport, have announced the creation of 300 new jobs.

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APC opened its new headquarters in Cherrywood on Monday and announced the creation of 100 new jobs. The 6,000 sq m premises, located in south County Dublin, is part of the firm’s plans to double its workforce in order to meet client demand.

APC, which was founded by then UCD student and professor pair, Mark Barrett and Brian Glennon, helps global clients accelerate the development of medicines for conditions including HIV and cancer.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described APC’s decision to open its research centre in Dublin as ‘a vote of confidence in Ireland’.

“It is also a shining example of how a thriving business can grow from a bright idea once the right conditions are created by the right Government policies.

“The Government wants to keep the recovery going so that companies like APC can continue to grow and create jobs,” the Taoiseach said.

APC chief executive, Mark Barrett, outlined the roles that are being created at the new base.

“We are looking to expand the team with today's announcement of 100 highly-skilled research and development jobs across chemical engineering, sciences and analytics.

“We need people who enjoy the rewards of working in an environment that is driven by cutting-edge technology and science,” Mr Barrett said.

APC was established four years ago and it now partners with eight of the top 10 pharma firms in the world.

The company relies heavily on exports with 80pc of its services being used outside of the country.

Mr Barrett outlined the company’s ambitions for growth including increased workforce and a revenue target of €50m by 2020.

Minister for jobs, Richard Bruton, said that the Government had put in place a range of measures ‘specifically aimed at attracting research and development activity to Ireland’.

Meanwhile, Swissport, the ground handling services firm, announced the creation of 200 new jobs at Dublin Airport, after the firm reported 23pc growth in 2015.

The company is recruiting staff in the areas of customer service agents, ramp handling agents, flight operations, security and aircraft appearance operatives in order to support the positive development.

Dublin Airport's managing director, Vincent Harrison, said he was pleased by Swissport's continuing growth.

"We are delighted to see Swissport’s business go from strength to strength at Dublin Airport. The recruitment of a further 200 jobs, on top of the 350 recently announced by Dublin Airport further endorses the economic impact of the airport."

Swissport station manager, Wayne Gough, invited interested parties to apply for jobs at the firm by going to www.swissport.com/careers.

Swissport has been operating at Dublin Airport since 2013 after its takeover of Servisair in 2013.

In addition,  healthcare firm MSD is to take on an additional 200 people.

The company said that due to its continued growth and increase in supply of products internationally from Ireland, it would be recruiting staff for its operations in Carlow, Cork and Tipperary.

The new roles span operations, quality, engineering, supply chain and commercial operations.

Ger Carmody, associate Vice President and Site Lead at MSD in Ballydine, Tipperary, said the announcement reflects the role MSD's Irish sites play in the company's wider global manufacturing network.

"Those taking up these new roles will be at the cutting edge of healthcare innovation and will play a key role in delivering MSD's overall ambition to preserve and improve human life," Mr Carmody said. "Our state-of-the-art facilities in Carlow, Cork and Tipperary are leading the way in the development of new medicines, including MSD's new treatments for cancer and hepatitis C, which are being manufactured in Ireland for the world market.

"Today, our Irish sites are involved in the production of over 60pc of MSD's global top 20 products."

Meanwhile, a report carried out jointly by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and IMA (the Institute of Management Accountants) found that more than half of businesses surveyed were confident about the future.

In the final three months of last year, 48pc of those surveyed added new staff, compared with a global average of 17pc.

Liz Hughes, Head of ACCA Ireland, said the survey shows a considerable amount of optimism in Irish business.

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