GE Healthcare has officially opened their manufacturing line at its Carrigtwohill facility with an investment of €30.5m. Moreover, the establishment of this new manufacturing line has created 140 new jobs.
New line will meet the global demand
The new facility manufactures injectable diagnostic imaging agents (contrast media) used in Xray and Computed Tomography (CT) procedures around the world. Contrast dye was one of the products that was in short supply in many countries due to global logistic issues. Significantly, GE Healthcare is aiming to produce 30 million more patient doses per year by 2025 in order to meet the global demand. “We expect global demand for iodinated contrast media to double over the next ten years due to the growth of CT imaging procedures. As an industry leader, we understand our responsibility to help meet this growing demand from customers and patients and this new production line is part of our wider commitment to produce 30m more patient doses of contrast media annually by 2025.” GE Healthcare Pharmaceutical Diagnostics chairman and CEO Kevin O’Neill said at the opening of the new manufacturing line.
IDA Ireland welcomed 140 new jobs
Furthermore, the Carrigtohill site is currently employing 765 people at the site. The site is located at IDA Industrial Park in Carrigtohill. GE Healthcare hired employees for various roles including operatives, project managers, engineers, quality control personnel. Similarly, the company also filled positions in facility management unit. “Today’s announcement by GE Healthcare is terrific news for Cork and indeed the entire south-west region. It speaks to this global healthcare leader’s continued commitment to Ireland. IDA Ireland remains focused on winning jobs and investments, like this, in regional locations. I wish GE Healthcare every success with this investment and expansion.” IDA Ireland executive director Mark Buckley said in a statement.
GE Healthcare is a subsidiary of GE. Moreover, GE Healthcare’s pharmaceutical diagnostics business is employing 4,000 people across seven manufacturing sites across the globe.
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