Medical device giant Cook Medical opens European distribution centre in Germany

28 Sep 2012

The Limerick subsidiary of the global medical devices giant Cook Medical has led the expansion of the company’s European operations, with the opening of a new €15m distribution centre in Baesweiler, Germany.

The new distribution centre, which is officially opening today, is set to be the delivery hub for all European countries.

According to Cook Medical, its Limerick operation, which employs more than 750 staff, managed the site choice, construction and operations of the new centre in Baesweiler.

The distribution centre is set to stock up to 800,000 products that were previously stored at Cook Ireland in Limerick and at William Cook Europe in Denmark.  

“Our Limerick facility and plant in Denmark have grown rapidly over the past number of years and it was therefore logical to reduce warehouse space in these locations and move to a centralised purpose-built distribution centre at the heart of Europe,” said Bill Doherty, executive vice-president EMEA Cook Medical.

According to the company, the new facility is one of Cook’s most energy efficient, using solar panels and better insulation methods.

Cook Medical said the €15m investment in the new Baesweiler centre has resulted in the creation of 60 jobs.

Having set up operations in Ireland in 1996, Cook Medical in Limerick designs and manufactures specialist medical devices used for minimally invasive surgery.

Last November, Cook Medical in Limerick won Irish medical technology company of the year at the Medical Technology Industry Excellence Awards.

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Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic