Medical devices firm creates 115 new jobs

16 Dec 2010

Goodman Medical Ireland is to create 115 new jobs in Galway as part of a €1.1m investment, the company revealed. The positions will cover manufacturing, sales, marketing and R&D.

Recruitment is under way for the Mervue Business Park plant in the city with the immediate focus on hiring for the manufacturing positions.

The investment is supported by the Government through IDA Ireland.

Goodman Medical Ireland was established in 2004 and employs 56 workers manufacturing cardiology products, such as catheters and bare metal stents. It is part of the Goodman group, which was founded in 1975 in Nagoya, Japan, manufacturing and selling medical instruments and equipment globally.

The investment will add to Goodman Medical Ireland’s manufacturing and research and development operations.

The Galway plant will become the firm’s sales and marketing centre for the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions by generating market data, developing territory sales strategies and managing distributors and sales-related activities.

Goodman Medical Ireland will commercialise the ‘vival’ stent developed on-site in Galway.

Western seaboard’s medical devices cluster

Minister Batt O’Keeffe said the investment "strengthens Ireland’s well-established medical devices cluster, with many leading firms based along the western seaboard.

“The Galway operation will be a platform for Goodman Medical Ireland to develop its business in the EMEA region, driving better manufacturing and product innovation output through the skills of a flexible and highly educated local workforce.

“The jobs bolster Ireland’s high-end manufacturing backbone and consolidate our reputation as a leading location in Europe for foreign direct investments," said O’Keeffe.

The president of Goodman Co Ltd, Takehito Yogo, said the plant will be responsible for long-term product development and the company chose the Galway operation on the merit of a dedicated and proactive workforce.

“Ireland’s reputation as a hub for life sciences continues to grow, with eight of the top 10 pharmaceutical and 15 of the top 20 medical devices companies worldwide with operations here.

“IDA’s strategy, Horizon 2020, sets out to achieve balanced regional development and today’s announcement for Galway builds on the strong medical device cluster in the west of Ireland,” O’Leary added.

John Kennedy
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