Wednesday 23 October 2019

Beckman's Irish site could see more expansion

Orlaith Lawler, head of Irish operation
Orlaith Lawler, head of Irish operation

Fearghal O'Connor

A major ongoing €30m investment at Beckman Coulter's east Clare manufacturing plant may be the beginning of more expansion at the 85-hectare site, according to Orlaith Lawler, the Irish head of the biomedical diagnostics maker.

The company - which is owned by the giant Fortune 500 US conglomerate Danaher Group - is already hiring to meet growing demand for its urine and blood testing kits but could see job numbers rise from around 400 to as many as 500 ultimately, said Lawler.

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Beckman Coulter's operations take up just one hectare of the huge site, which is currently mainly farmland.

"Obviously there is more expansion that can happen here," said Lawler, adding that Danaher - which has 60,000 employees - has sites with multiple businesses elsewhere.

"We need to get this current expansion up and running successfully first, but if we put up our hand they won't knock us down. Growth will come.

"On the entire site, the opportunities are endless. It's 85 hectares. Danaher are very into cross-pollination."

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