Medical firm, Beckman Coulter, promising jobs boost for Mid-West

The Mid-West region is set for a jobs boost with US bio-medical company Beckman Coulter lodging expansion plans to accommodate an additional 105 staff at its Co Clare plant.

The company’s Irish plant is based in east Clare, 5km to the east of Tulla village, and currently employs 315 people.

New plans, lodged with Clare County Council, show the company is seeking to increase the capacity of its current reagent kit manufacturing operation and expand its product line.

The total annual salary spend at the plant is €17m — equating to an average salary of €54,000, which the company claims “is well above the average for the scientific and technical service sectors”.

The company’s total export revenues amount to around €200m per year and it spends €14m per annum on materials and services in Ireland.

Neither Beckman Coulter nor the IDA has yet to officially announce the new jobs, but in the planning documentation, the company states that the 105 positions will be provided by 2020. 

The company plans to commence production of urine sample testing strips in late 2017 with a view to producing 300,000 kits in 2018 and growing that total to 800,000 by 2023. 

The move by the US-headquartered company to expand its Clare operations follows the closure of its Galway plant in 2015 with the loss of 140 jobs.

The move to shut down the Galway operation resulted in the firm consolidating its operations, with 80 Galway workers given the option to redeploy to Clare.

Regarding the new expansion, the planning documents state that “the proposed development represents a genuinely sustainable business”.


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