Two men, one in a grey suit and the other in a navy one, stand outside a white building bearing the Aran Biomedical logo.
Mark De Faoite of Údaras na Gaeltachta and Peter Mulrooney, CEO of Aran Biomedical. Image: Andrew Downes/Xposure

150 medtech jobs for Galway Gaeltacht from Aran Biomedical

12 Apr 2021

Irish company Aran Biomedical will expand its headquarters in Galway with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

Connemara-based Aran Biomedical has announced that it will fill 150 new jobs at its Galway headquarters over the next three years.

The company, which is based in the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht region, has also revealed plans to treble its manufacturing capacity with the establishment of a new facility at its site in An Spidéal. The new facility is expected to be completed in mid-2025.

“We are excited and proud to announce our plans to build a new state-of-the-art facility in An Spidéal and the creation of these new roles,” said CEO Peter Mulrooney.

“The past 12 months have been significant for Aran, in that we have expanded our customer base and the number of staff on site to over 120, coupled with the official opening of our dedicated braiding centre in December. We have continued to expand our customer base, and the new jobs and facility will allow us to meet our customers’ ever-expanding supply needs in the biomedical textiles field.”

The high-tech braiding of materials such as polymers and metal wires is one of the services Aran Biomedical provides for medical device manufacturers. In October last year, the company opened a dedicated braiding centre in An Spidéal.

New roles created at Aran Biomedical will be across production, engineering, quality and supply chain management.

The expansion comes in response to increased demand for the Irish medtech company’s services, which include the custom design, development and manufacturing of medical implants.

Formerly known as Proxy Biomedical, Aran Biomedical was established in An Spidéal in 2008 with support from Údarás na Gaeltachta, the State agency responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of the Gaeltacht region.

“The medical devices designed and produced by Aran Biomedical, which are shipped all over the world, show that Ireland’s Gaeltacht areas can provide businesses of all types with a perfect base from which to be connected with the world while enjoying world-class work-life balance for their employees,” said Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Minister Catherine Martin, TD, whose department is responsible for the Gaeltacht, added that the new jobs would provide “valuable sustainable employment in the Galway Gaeltacht”.

“If any evidence were required for the case to support our rural areas and the innovation and success of Aran Biomedical and Údarás na Gaeltachta are the proof of what can be achieved,” she said.

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke was editor of Silicon Republic until 2023, and is now the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. Elaine joined Silicon Republic in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs. She later served as managing editor before stepping up as editor in 2019. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly pernickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen.

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