CO CORK, Ireland - A subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson has officially opened a new manufacturing building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, Ireland.
The company, Janssen Sciences Ireland, has operated a biopharmaceutical supply chain facility on its 40-hectare site in Ringaskiddy since 2005.
The expansion of the biomanufacturing site increases the company's production capacity by an additional 19,100 square metres, and creates 200 new full-time jobs. Approximately 450 people were employed on-site during the two year construction project.
The state-of-the-art manufacturing extension has been built in the heart of Cork's life sciences hub.
The official opening ceremony for the facility on Monday was attended by Tanaiste Simon Coveney, Kathy Wengel, Executive Vice-President and Chief Global Supply Chain Officer, Johnson & Johnson, and Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland.
"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," Conveney said Monday. "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."
Kathy Wengel, Executive Vice President and Chief Global Supply Chain Officer, Johnson & Johnson said: "Our manufacturing facilities in Cork are at the cutting-edge of delivering healthcare solutions, which is an important part of our Credo commitment to provide the highest quality products to patients. Our Ringaskiddy facility is an important part of our global manufacturing network and expanding our capabilities here will allow us to pursue innovative solutions that advance how medicines are manufactured so that we can be at the forefront of treating, preventing, intercepting and curing some of the world's most devastating and complex diseases."
Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland, said "Johnson & Johnson is one of the largest life sciences and R&D investors in Ireland and is part of a thriving Biopharma sector in Cork. 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."