Pharmaceutical giant opens €30m facility

A new €30m pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Carrigaline is to create 20 full-time roles. The opening of the state-of-the-art facility by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) at its site in Currabinny, today, Friday is also expected to secure existing employment within the company and will underpin existing operations at the company’s Cork and Waterford facilities.

The new building, which created around 100 jobs during its construction phase, is to produce Gantrez, the key primary ingredient for Poligrip, the leading denture fixative product, which is manufactured at GSK’s consumer healthcare facility in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. The initiative marks the first major collaboration between the two sites and follows previous investments in the Poligrip manufacturing process in Dungarvan on equipment and technology upgrades.

GSK Cork site director Finbar Whyte said the investment was "a great endorsement of the outstanding scientific and technical expertise" and the flexibility of the employees to adapt to new business ventures.

Mr Whyte said the opening of the facility also reflects both Cork and Dungarvan’s “key positions” within the GSK global manufacturing network and “will greatly help secure existing employment at GSK in Ireland into the future”. In total, GSK employs 1,450 people in Ireland, having first established operations in the country in 1974.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney described the multi-million euro investment is a “major vote of confidence” in both the Cork and Dungarvan GSK facilities and in the “capabilities of both to support such strategic developments”.

“Significantly enhancing the facility’s role in GSK’s global operations, the investment underpins the existing operations and its employees, as well as creating excellent additional employment opportunities,” he said.

The opening of the state-of-the-art facility comes after the pharmaceutical giant announced last February it was to shed 94 jobs in Cork with the closure of a unit located close to Cork Airport, which provided financial services to the rest of the group.

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