BEAUTY care firm Yves Rocher is investing €3.7 million in its Cork operations, in a move that will create 30 jobs.
The French firm is upgrading the manufacturing areas of the plant at Kilbarry Business Park on Dublin Hill and up to 30 jobs will be created during construction and installation of the new facilities.
General manager at the Cork facility, Emmanuel Warnier, said the investment was a sign of confidence in Yves Rocher Ireland, as well as a challenge for the site for the future.
“The group has set ambitious growth targets for us, increasing production by a third over the next four years. We will have to continue to raise our standard of operations and improve our processes to ensure that we are delivering better-value products to our customers worldwide. The investment will help to sustain the 270 current jobs and to upskill our staff,” he said.
Yves Rocher came to Cork in 1981 and established its current manufacturing facility in 1984. It has grown employment from 200 to 270 over the last 18 months and the site exported 66 million units of skin care products this year and that figure is projected to grow to 88 million units by 2015.
IDA chief executive Barry O’Leary said the announcement demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the company to its Irish manufacturing operation.
“The success and growth of the Cork operation demonstrates that Ireland’s improving competitiveness ensures we continue to compete at the highest level for global manufacturing investments. I congratulate the management and staff at Yves Rocher on this great news” he said.
Jacques Rocher, president of the Yves Rocher Foundation, said that the investment was a recognition of the dedication and quality of the company’s Cork facility.
“The Cork facility has been a key element of the Yves Rocher network since it was established in 1981. With the investment announced today, the Cork facility will remain the main producer for strategic Yves Rocher’s brands such as Riche Crème Pure Calmille, Arnica and the newly launched Serum Vegetale,” he said.
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