A man and a woman standing next to each other inside a manufacturing facility. They are part of Freudenberg Medical.
Freudenberg Medical Galway VP and general manager Steven Langan with team member Merite Halili. Image: Martina Regan

Freudenberg Medical to create 100 Galway jobs

2 Oct 2023

The company is hiring for various engineering and manufacturing roles, as it plans to meet global demand and create more complex medical products.

US medical device company Freudenberg Medical is planning to grow its Irish workforce significantly, as it opens a newly expanded facility in Galway.

Freudenberg said the expanded site increases its existing manufacturing footprint in Spiddal by 50pc. The company plans to grow its total staff numbers in Galway to 400 over the next 18 months.

The US-headquartered company said the new roles will be in engineering, research and development, manufacturing operations, support services and more. The current vacancies on Freudenberg’s Careers page show 32 roles currently available in Ireland.

These roles include quality engineer, manufacturing engineer, production manager, senior NPI engineer roles and more, with some positions also based at the company’s Leitrim site.

Freudenberg Medical designs, develops and manufactures medical devices, such as high-precision molded components, drug coatings, finished devices, catheter shafts and hypotubes. The company has 11 manufacturing operations worldwide, with more than 2,500 associates.

The global company said the latest expansion aims to meet soaring global demand for the company’s critical metal components used in minimally invasive surgery catheters. The company also plans to develop increasingly complex products from this site to serve its global customer base.

Freudenberg Medical CEO Dr Mark Ostwald said the expanded facility is a significant milestone for its Irish operations. “Ireland is of strategic significance within our global network,” he said.

“The country is renowned worldwide as a leader in the life sciences sector and stands as an epitome of excellence and innovation for medical devices,” Ostwald said. “With the investment in our newly expanded facility and plans to further increase our team, we look forward to building on our 25-year history as we strengthen our presence in Ireland.”

Freudenberg Medical already employs more than 1,000 people in Ireland, at its facilities in Galway and Leitrim. Together, these sites manufacture more than 16m complex catheters each year for the company’s global customer base.

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Leigh Mc Gowran
By Leigh Mc Gowran

Leigh Mc Gowran is a journalist with Silicon Republic since November 2021. He has previously worked as an environmental and breaking news journalist, and a local radio presenter. When he’s not writing articles and stressing about the climate emergency, he enjoys judging the latest film releases and perfecting his renowned cooking skills. He also has a love for video games, coffee and cats.

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