Freudenberg Medical invests in additional footprint and roles in Galway to support global growth.
Freudenberg Medical is to create 100 new jobs at its newly expanded facility in Spiddal, Co Galway.
The business is a leading global design and manufacturing partner for minimally invasive medical devices.
“Ireland is renowned worldwide as a leader in the life sciences sector and stands as an epitome of excellence and innovation for medical devices”
The newly opened facility increases Freudenberg Medical’s existing manufacturing footprint in Spiddal, Galway, by 50% while the newly announced jobs will increase staffing levels by 25%, bringing total staff numbers in Galway to 400 within the next 18 months.
Freudenberg Medical said that the new roles include positions in engineering, research and development, manufacturing operations, quality and support services.
Spiddal is strategic
The expansion is a strategic move to meet soaring global demand for the company’s critical metal components used in minimally invasive surgery catheters. It also positions Freudenberg Medical to develop increasingly complex products to serve its global customer base.
“Ireland is of strategic significance within our global network,” said the CEO of Freudenberg Medical Dr Mark Ostwald.
“The country is renowned worldwide as a leader in the life sciences sector and stands as an epitome of excellence and innovation for medical devices. With the investment in our newly expanded facility and plans to further increase our team, we look forward to building on our 25-year history as we strengthen our presence in Ireland.”
Freudenberg Medical employs more than 1,000 people in Ireland, operating from a combined 200,000 sq ft manufacturing footprint at facilities in Galway and Co. Leitrim. Together, its Irish operations manufacture more than 16 million complex catheters each year, serving a global customer base.
Freudenberg Medical operates sites in key industry hubs across the US, Europe, Asia and Costa Rica. Its Irish facilities were originally established as joint venture partnerships with the former Cambus Medical and VistaMed operations which have now transitioned into Freudenberg Medical.
Vice-president and general manager of Freudenberg Medical’s Galway facility Steven Langan added: “The continued success and accelerated growth of our Galway operations is a testament to the dedication of our talented teams for high-quality, innovative products and excellent customer service. We look forward to deepening our partnerships with customers as we add new capacity, capability, and talent in Galway.”
Recruitment for the newly announced positions at Freudenberg Medical is already underway.
Main image at top: Vice-president and general manager of Freudenberg Medical’s Galway facility Steven Langan pictured with team member Mertie Halili. Picture: Martina Regan