Limerick medical devices company announces 35 new jobs

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Alan Owens

Jobs boost: manufacturing employment is 'growing' in Ireland said Minister Richard Bruton
LIMERICK based medical device components manufacturer Filtertek Ireland has announced that it is adding 35 new jobs over five years to its ranks.

LIMERICK based medical device components manufacturer Filtertek Ireland has announced that it is adding 35 new jobs over five years to its ranks.

The company, based in Newcastle West, said it was to expand its operations, bringing employment to almost 100 people.

Filtertek, which has been based in Limerick since 1982, is a contract manufacturer specialising in plastic insert moulded filtration and flow control components for the global medical device market.

The expansion is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland and Minister Richard Bruton said manufacturing employment is “growing and productivity in this area is showing impressive results.

“Today’s announcement that Filtertek Ireland is expanding employment in Newcastle West is a great boost for this area and evidence of what is possible for manufacturing companies in regional locations,” he said, adding: “I wish Filtertek every success with this project.”

The new positions will be a mix of machine operators, moulding technicians, engineers, quality technicians and production supervisors.

The Principal products manufactured by Filtertek Ireland, an ITW Medical company, are anti-reflux and anti-siphon check valves used in IVs for drug infusion, kidney dialysis and blood transfusion sets.

“We are excited about growing our business in Ireland to develop innovative solutions for complex fluid management, filtration and flow control solutions for our global marquee medical device customers,” said Law Burks, vice president and GM for ITW’s Medical Products Division.

“We are also thankful for the assistance received from the Irish Government and the IDA in supporting additional employment at our Newcastle West facility.”

IDA CEO Martin Shanahan said the expansion was “evidence of Filtertek Ireland’s strong performance in the medical device components manufacturing sector.

“The fact that Filtertek’s customers include most of the top 30 global medical device market leaders is further testament to its success.

“Supporting growth in employment in well established companies of this type in the regions has been an important focus for IDA and we welcome this news and wish Filtertek Ireland continued success,” he added.