Pharmaceutical company Janssen have today opened their new manufacturing building which has led to the creation of 200 new full-time jobs for the area.
The expansion of their Cork site in Ringaskiddy increases the production capacity for the company by an additional 19,100 m2.
The construction of the new biomanufacturing site employed approximately 450 people over the course of its two-year build time.
Janssen, who are part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in Ireland, held an official opening ceremony at the southern Cork plant this morning which was attended by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, Executive Vice-President and Chief Global Supply Chain Officer of Johnson & Johnson, Kathy Wengel and CEO of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan.
Tánaiste Coveney speaking at the event said “I’m delighted to attend the official opening of Janssen’s new manufacturing building, which marks the company’s ongoing commitment to Ireland and patients around the world. The life sciences industry makes a hugely significant contribution to the national economy in terms of jobs and exports. In 2018 alone, 33% of Ireland’s total exports were pharmaceutical and medical products, with Johnson & Johnson featuring as one of our single largest exporters”
IDA CEO Martin Shanahan also added that Janssen’s parent company Johnson & Johnson is one of the main investors in Ireland’s life science industry and crucial to the busy Biopharma sector established in Cork.
He also outlined the further benefits for the area as a whole by stating “With a significant investment in expanding Janssen’s manufacturing capacity here in Ringaskiddy, the positive economic spin-off for the South-West region is considerable.”.
Janssen are currently recruiting for a number of different roles in their Ringaskiddy plant in the realms of engineering, production and operations among others.
In 2017 alone, the biopharma-chem sector accounted for over €67.8 billion, over 55%, of the total exported goods from Ireland and is home to more than 20 of the world’s top manufacturers.