Zimmer in frame to create 250 jobs in Galway over next five years

16 Jan 2015

Musculoskeletal healthcare company Zimmer is looking to expand its workforce to 580 people in Ireland with a €51m investment in a new facility in Co Galway.

Zimmer set up a manufacturing facility in Shannon in 2007 and employs 330 people there, who make the company’s NexGen femoral knee system and Persona, The Personalised Knee System.  

The company is now expanding its footprint in Ireland, investing €51m in a new building in Oranmore, Co Galway, to manufacture orthopaedic implants. This all makes for “exciting times for Zimmer orthopaedics in Ireland” said Antony Massarella, VP of Zimmer Northern Europe.

The new facility will also be home to the sales and marketing division for a direct sales force in Ireland, supplying hospitals and orthopaedic surgeons with implants for hips, knees, extremities, spine and trauma.

Recruitment for 250 new positions, which are to come on stream in the next five years, will begin in the coming months.

Ireland’s Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through IDA Ireland, is supporting the investment.

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Also, an education centre will be created, which will hopefully attract health practitioners from around the world.

“We are delighted to be adding a new location to our Ireland operations,” said Adrian Furey, GM of Zimmer Ireland.   

“We are constantly assessing our worldwide operations and logistics network and this project is a direct result of that process. Zimmer has had a very positive experience of doing business in Ireland.  

“We are looking forward to building on the success of our Shannon operation by expanding in Galway. Our Shannon facility will continue to be our flagship for Ireland and we will continue to invest in our operations there.”

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