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DePuy Synthes Expands State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Site in Cork to Support Growing Joint Reconstruction Business

DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson has announced the opening of its expanded Ringaskiddy, Cork manufacturing site. This expansion creates the largest single manufacturing plant for the DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction portfolio, which includes more than 200 products manufactured at multiple sites around the world.

The new €53.2 million, 320,000 square foot state-of-the-art plant expansionis expects to bring an additional 80 new jobs to the site to help meet the global demand for the company’s joint reconstruction portfolio. The jobs are supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

“We are excited about the expansion of one of our premier manufacturing facilities because it enables us to serve more patients globally," said Willem Appelo,Vice President, Supply Chain, Johnson & Johnson Global Orthopaedics Group.  “As our business continues to grow and the patient demand for joint reconstruction systems increases, we are constantly assessing our worldwide operations to maximise our customer service and efficiency, and this project is a result of that process. We are grateful for the cooperation and encouragement of the national and local officials in Ireland.”

DePuy Synthes Plant Expansion Cork | 2015 | PEI
Pictured at the announcement of the expansion of the DePuy Synthes manufacturing site at Ringaskiddy, were, James Winters, VP Manufacturing, Global Joint Reconstruction; Kathy Wengel, VP Global Supply Chain; Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson and the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney. Photo: Adrian O'Herlihy Photo: Adrian O'Herlihy

DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson is aglobal leader in joint replacement with a comprehensive portfolio of hip, knee and shoulder replacements that has reshaped the orthopaedic landscape with leading products, such as the CORAIL® Hip System, PINNACLE® Hip Solutions, GLOBAL UNITE® Platform Shoulder System and ATTUNE® Primary Total Knee System with TRUMATCH® Patient Specific Instruments.  

In addition, the new facility will feature a Medical Device Test Methods Center of Excellence laboratory to advance quality testing methods across the Johnson & Johnson family of medical device companies while also creating potential expansion opportunities for other Johnson & Johnson companies.  

Making the announcement in Ireland, Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine and Defence, Simon Coveney said:“I am really impressed with this new facility. It represents a significant additional investment by the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson which will allow the company to consolidate its position as a world class manufacturer and further enhance its reputation for excellence. 80 extra jobs is great news for Cork and for the region. I wish them continued success.”

The Ringaskiddy, Cork manufacturing site was established in 1997. DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson is one of several Johnson & Johnson companies operating in Ireland, employing approximately 2,500 associates.  The Johnson & Johnson family of Medical Device Companies is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medical devices, with 2014 medical device sales of $27.5 billion.

PEI's links with DePuy Synthes go back several decades. In the 1970's PEI first began distributing Thackray Orthopaedic products in Ireland. Thackray Orthopaedics would go on to be taken over by DePuy, and more recently again by Johnson and Johnson. PEI and DePuy Synthes share a common goal - endeavouring to deliver the very best for it's orthopaedic clinicians and patients alike. This development will continue to make this goal possible now and for many years to come.

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