29th August 2016
Today, VistaMed, the leading Irish catheter and extrusion provider to the global medical device industry, announced the creation of 200 new jobs at the official opening of its new state-of-the-art Research and Development facility in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. The announcement is part of a new investment programme of more than €10million, supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland.
This will bring the total number of jobs at the medical device company to 525 comprising a mix of positions, from engineering staff to product builders. VistaMed is also expanding its current manufacturing facility in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim by a further 45,000 square foot.
Recruitment for the 200 positions is ongoing with 37 of these jobs now in place. All positions are expected to be filled by the end of 2018.
Welcoming the announcement in Co. Leitrim today, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD said: “Today we see the evidence that a rural county such as Leitrim can be home to successful international companies like VistaMed and can provide them with the community, infrastructure and resources that they need to thrive and grow their businesses. To announce 200 jobs for an Irish-owned, highly innovative, global supplier of medical technology out of County Leitrim, sums up why we can be ambitious – indeed, must be ambitious - in our plans for regional development and job creation. This is a further sign of a momentum for job creation in our regions following recent regional jobs announcements” .
The new investment programme is in response to increased demand in the global medical device market for services provided by VistaMed.
Managing Director of VistaMed Patrick Mulholland said: “VistaMed was founded on being a solution provider for technically challenging Catheter and Extrusion products for a worldwide medical device market. This new Research & Development facility will allow us to further enhance the rapid project ‘turnaround’ times currently experienced by VistaMed’s global customer base. Combined with the addition of sophisticated equipment, this will enable us to continue to offer a world class service to the global medical device industry and expand our talented technical resources”.
The 45,000 square foot expansion of the Carrick-on-Shannon facility includes 22,000 square foot of cleanroom. This will facilitate the growing demand for diverse braided catheter systems, together with the expansion of the existing area providing thermoplastic extrusions which is recognised as best-in-class for the stringent catheter tubing requirements for today’s challenging minimally invasive applications.
Tom Kelly, Head of Division, Industrial, Lifesciences & Consumer, Enterprise Ireland said: “Ireland is home to leading world-class medical technology companies like VistaMed who will be joining us on our Lifesciences Trade Mission to the US in September. The medtech sector in Ireland has evolved and grown dramatically over the last two decades and employs close to 27,000 people. Enterprise Ireland is committed to continued growth and creating jobs in this dynamic and innovative sector”.
For more information:
Nicola Corboy, Press Office, Enterprise Ireland firstname.lastname@example.org 01 7272973 or 086 0210114
Press Office, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation email@example.com 01 6312200
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About VistaMed Ltd.
VistaMed, a Freudenberg Medical joint venture company, is a leading extrusion and catheter provider to the medical device sector worldwide. The company was founded in 1999 and has two medical manufacturing operations in Ireland – Carrick-on-Shannon & Rooskey, Co Leitrim. Products produced by VistaMed include PTFE-lined guide catheters, steerable catheters, balloon catheters, endoscopic catheters, ablation catheters, urological catheters, micro perfusion pain management catheters as well as other ancillary devices such as introducers and dilators. Working with medical thermoplastics such as PEEK, Polyurethane, Polycarbonate, nylon, VistaMed offers single lumen, multi lumen, tri-layer, co extrusion, micro extrusion, bump, braided and wire-reinforced tubing for complex medical catheter systems. ISO 13485 Certified and FDA registered.
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