The investment will increase the Cork plant’s production capacity by 50% in order to handle the higher output at the plant GE Healthcare will be putting on an additional weekend shift. The company has already began to recruit for these new positions.
Once recruitment is complete, GE Healthcare will employ 500 people at the Cork plant.
Paschal McCarthy, global supply chain managing director at GE Healthcare, said the investment gives a strong indication as to the company’s plans.
“This announcement is a major confidence boost for our site and an endorsement of our people and the manufacturing facility,” he said. “It also sends out a strong statement of where we see this company positioned going forward; this investment will be instrumental in helping GE Healthcare continue to position itself well in the market.”
GE Healthcare has three manufacturing facilities around the world: In Cork, Oslo and Shanghai. The decision to award the investment contract to Cork is a vote of confidence in the Cork site, said Mr McCarthy.
Country HR manager Geni D’Arcy said the high standards achieved at the site and the flexibility of the staff were key in securing the investment. “This announcement signifies the commitment, expertise and flexibility of our staff and the high standards we continue to maintain,” she said.
The jobs announcement comes as the Carrigtwohill site prepares to celebrate its 20th year in operation.
It was established in 1992 by global pharmaceutical manufacturer Nycomed. The plant went through many forms (Nycomed Amersham and Amersham Health) before GE Healthcare took over the organisation in 2004.
The Carrigtwohill facility exports products to around 70 markets globally, with up to 25 40ft containers leaving the site weekly for destinations including South Africa, the US, and India.