€35m investment for Limerick by Johnson & Johnson Vision, a global leader in eye health.
Johnson & Johnson Vision has revealed a €35minvestment in its facility in Limerick, with the potential to create up to 200 new jobs over the next three years, including roles specific to the construction phase of the project.
It is understood that 120 staff will be spread across Johnson & Johnson Vision’s labs, automation, engineering and quality control groups while a further 80 people will be involved in constructing the extension to the Limerick plant.
“With the growth of our manufacturing operations in Limerick we are committed to changing these statistics, helping to solve a lifetime of eye health needs with our intraocular lenses”
Johnson & Johnson Vision started operating in Limerick in 1996 with 60 employees. It recently celebrated its 25th anniversary in Limerick. In that time, the company has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the largest contact lens manufacturing facilities in the world, with a workforce of 1,600 people.
Trajectory of health
John Fitzgibbon, Operations director at Johnson & Johnson Vision in Ireland said that the manufacturing site in Limerick is the organization’s largest manufacturing operations for the contact lens business and plays a fundamental role in supporting the Johnson & Johnson mission to change the trajectory of health around the world.
He said the goal at Johnson & Johnson Vision is to bring improved eyesight to people around the world through the research, development, and manufacturing of new medical technologies
“Nearly 2.2bn people around the world face impaired vision, and approximately 20% (200 million) people worldwide suffer vision impairment or blindness caused by cataract or uncorrected refractive error,” Fitzgibbon explained.
“With the growth of our manufacturing operations in Limerick we are committed to changing these statistics, helping to solve a lifetime of eye health needs with our IOLs (intraocular lenses).”
Recruitment is currently underway across a range of roles including in Operations (Supervisors & Product Assemblers), Engineering (Automation & Process), Quality (Engineering, Validation; Chemistry and Micro Labs). To learn more about joining the Johnson & Johnson Vision team in Limerick visit www.careers.jnj.com.
“We look forward to supporting more patients and eye care professionals with the products they need where they need them,” said Gaspar Zuniga, vice-president for Supply Chain at Johnson & Johnson Vision.
“This investment allows for the continued growth of our facility in Ireland. Our 25 years’ experience working in Ireland is remarkable and the expansion of our site is proof of our employees’ commitment to help more patients around the globe.”
Main image (from left): John Fitzgibbon, Johnson & Johnson; Minister of State Niall Collins; and IDA Ireland executive director Mary Buckley