Some 175 jobs have been created in the last 24 months and 160 more will be in place by 2021 as Eurofins Scientific invests in a major expansion of its Dungarvan campus to bring total staff at the facility to 500.
The launch of the building expansion programme at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories combines the expansion of the existing 2,700sqm laboratory with an additional 4,400sqm extension, as well as the development of a 1,800sqm second site on the campus located in the IDA Business Park, Dungarvan.
The project will bring the campus capacity to 9,000sqm of lab surface to serve the biopharmaceutical industry in Ireland and the UK.
‘Our broad base of clients means we work on a diverse range of products and development projects, which offers an excellent scope for continuous learning and development of technical depth that is unparalleled’
– CARMEL FITZPATRICK, EUROFINS
The project is in the planning submission phase and building works are planned to commence in Q4 2016.
Eurofins employs some 23,000 staff in 225 laboratories in 39 countries around the world.
“This expansion is the result of successfully growing strategic partnerships with our clients and the value we bring to them and their target markets,” said Timothy Oostdyk, chairman, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, and group senior vice president, Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing.
“And it reinforces Eurofins’ absolute commitment to aggressively funding growth to enhance the way we serve our customers as well as build the best and widest-reaching testing network in the biopharmaceutical market,” Oostdyk said.
Reinforcing the regions
Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories specialises in the area of bioanalytical testing and serves 18 of the top 20 global pharma companies.
“Our broad base of clients means we work on a diverse range of products and development projects, which offers an excellent scope for continuous learning and development of technical depth that is unparalleled,” explained Carmel Fitzpatrick, managing director of Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories.
“We invest heavily in our internal training programmes, and we are grateful to be supported by the IDA and the Skillnets to deliver technical competency in our team that is world class.”
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, said that a key priority is encouraging more companies to set up regionally in Ireland.
“Companies setting up and creating jobs in our regions ensures that there are opportunities for positive knock-on effects in the surrounding areas,” O’Connor said.
“Only a strong economy supporting people at work can pay for the services needed to create a fair society. Already a major employer in this key regional location, this further expansion and substantial numbers of new jobs will benefit the entire south-east region.”
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