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Merck unveils €440m Cork plan to create 370 new jobs

Investment will include a new manufacturing plant situated at the Blarney Business Park

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The investment will also see a major expansion of the company’s facility in Carrigtwohill, which has been operational since the late 1980s.

The investment will also see a major expansion of the company’s facility in Carrigtwohill, which has been operational since the late 1980s.

The investment will also see a major expansion of the company’s facility in Carrigtwohill, which has been operational since the late 1980s.

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PHARMACEUTICAL giant Merck has unveiled a multi-million plan to expand its footprint in Cork that will create 370 jobs over the next five-years and includes and a new manufacturing plant near Blarney.

The German-based company, a global leader in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, has announced it is to invest €290 million to increase its membrane manufacturing capacity at its existing plant in Carrigtwohill.

A further €150 million, the single largest investment ever made by the company’s life sciences business, will be invested in a new filtration manufacturing plant at the Blarney Business Park, which will generate 235 new jobs.

The company said that when operational, the new facility would increase Merck’s global manufacturing capacity and supply customers producing “both traditional and novel treatments and therapeutics.”

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The investment at the Carrigtwohill plant, which has been operational since the late 1980s, will facilitate the addition of a manufacturing facility for the casting of membranes that support novel and gene therapies in addition applications such as virus sterilisation.

The investment announcement has been welcomed by Taoiseach Micheál Martin, who said it underlined Merck’s commitment to doing business in Ireland.

“It speaks volumes about our capacity to provide the right conditions for multinational organisations to grow their operations. Ireland’s development of a strong sciences ecosystem has been one of our greatest economic successes,” said An Taoiseach.

“I am delighted that Merck has chosen Cork for its latest investment,” he added.

Merck executive board member Matthias Heinzel, said Ireland was central to the company’s strategy of driving long-term growth and expanding the company’s position as a life sciences global leader.

“This investment will accelerate the delivery of the critical products, technologies and services needed to fight the world’s toughest health challenges, including COVID-19,” said Mr Heinzel.

Speaking from the World Economic Forum in Davis, IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said the investments in Blarney and Carrigtwohill would have a “significant positive impact on the South-West region” in terms of job creation both during and after construction.

“Merck’s decision to increase its footprint is tangible evidence of the company’s confidence in Ireland’s ability to provide access to world-class talent,” added Mr Shanahan.

The CEO of Cork Chamber, Conor Healy, also what he described as a “landmark investment”.

“This is a major vote of confidence in Cork as a centre of excellence for life sciences and as the location of choice for leading global companies in this sector,” said Mr Healy.

He said that it puts into “sharp focus” the need to fast-track the delivery of sustainable transport, housing and other infrastructure needs across the eastern and northern reaches of the city and county.

“It is now essential that we see greater urgency in realising plans for the electrification of our suburban rail lines, the introduction of additional stations, as well as connected, functioning cycle-ways along with the delivery of housing to support the continued economic growth of our region,” said Mr Healy.


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