Zenith wins Alcon business in Asia

17 Aug 2009

Zenith Technologies, an Irish-owned company operating in the life sciences arena, has won a large contract to supply turnkey automation solutions to global eye care company Alcon’s new manufacturing plant in Tuas, Singapore.

Employing 300 people, Zenith was set up in 1998 and is headquartered in Cork. It is an Enterprise Ireland ‘scaling’ client, ie one of a cohort of companies that have particular potential and capability to grow rapidly and achieve global scale.

Under this project for Alcon, Zenith will design, supply, test and commission a large real time process control system using PLC/SCADA technology, allowing for supervisory monitoring and automated control of the manufacturing process.

When complete in 2012, the new plant will be Alcon’s first pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Asia and will manufacture pharmaceutical products that address serious eye diseases and will supply Alcon’s rapidly growing Asian markets.

“Zenith’s established local track record, knowledge of the life science industry regulatory requirements, capable workforce and long term local support were some of the factors that contributed to the project award,” said Bryan McSwiney, Asia director, Zenith Technologies.

Alcon, Inc recorded sales of around $6.3 billion in 2008.

Pictured: the planned Alcon plant in Singapore