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Johnson & Johnson Vision site to create 80 new Limerick jobs with €100m expansion

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80 new Limerick jobs will be created by the €100 million investment which will support new careers and the company’s ambition to redefine healthy sight for life for more people around the world.

Recruitment is currently underway across a range of roles including in operations, engineering, and quality

The Johnson & Johnson Vision site is one of the largest contact lens manufacturing facilities in the world.

Limerick has received a major boost with the announcement by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care of a major expansion of its existing facility in Plassey, Limerick.

The €100 million investment, at Plassey, has the potential to create 80 new Limerick jobs and will support the company’s ambition to redefine healthy sight for life for more people around the world.

The Johnson & Johnson Vision site in Limerick is one of the largest contact lens manufacturing facilities in the world and the investment, announced this Friday, will expand the facility’s manufacturing capacity, with the installation of fully automated flexible manufacturing lines built with industry-leading technology.

Recruitment is currently underway across a range of roles including in Operations (Process and Production Technicians), Engineering (Manufacturing Engineers and Supervisors), and Quality (Lab Technicians and Engineers).

Speaking at today’s announcement, Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD said: “The MedTech sector is a crucial part of the Irish economy, and the continued commitment shown by Johnson & Johnson Vision to do business here is most welcome. The work done at their Limerick facility has a profound impact on the lives of people all over the world, and I am delighted that this site continues to go from strength to strength.”

The Johnson & Johnson Vision site in Limerick plays a key role in the Johnson & Johnson Vision contact lens business, supporting the production of the company’s fastest-growing daily disposable lenses for global markets.

“Our aspiration is to bring improved sight to people around the world through the research, development, and manufacturing of new medical device technologies”, said John Lynch, Plant Leader, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Ireland Unlimited Company. “We have been in Limerick for more than 25 years and our success is a testament to our talented workforce. We will hope to add80 new Limerick jobs as part of this announcement. It is an incredible opportunity to join a diverse workforce made up of the best and brightest minds, delivering cutting edge medical technologies that transform lives.” 

Chris Ewer, Vice President, E2E Supply Chain Leader, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. said. “Globally, at least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment². With the growth of our manufacturing operations in Limerick and our strong supply chain network around the world, we look forward to supporting more patients and eye care professionals with the products they need where they need them. Our 25 years of experience working in Ireland is remarkable and the expansion of our site is proof of our commitment to helping more patients around the globe.”

CEO of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan said: “IDA Ireland welcomes this investment by Johnson & Johnson in its Vision Care facility in Limerick. This is a testament to the success of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care’s operations in Ireland over the past 26 years. I wish them continued success in their operations and ongoing partnership with IDA Ireland.”

The Limerick site has a strong track record in environmentally sustainable operations, and the facility is powered by electricity from 100 per cent renewable sources, including wind generation from an onsite turbine. The site has been ISO 50001 certified since 2015 and this has helped deliver continued energy performance.

Limerick Chamber, the largest business representative body in the Mid-West, has welcomed the investment and expansion announcement by chamber member Johnson & Johnson as further strengthening of high-tech manufacturing industry in the Mid-West.

Dee Ryan, CEO said “Limerick is proud to be home for one of the largest contact lens manufacturing facilities in the world. This investment announcement signals confidence from Johnson & Johnson that the Mid West has the capacity to play a key role in its ambitious growth.

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Limerick Chamber CEO Dee Ryan. Picture: Oisin McHugh True Media.

Congratulations to the local leadership team at Johnson & Johnson and the IDA Mid-West on winning this investment.  The business community is committed to continuing our support of sustainable investment through our work with Limerick City and County Council and other regional stakeholders.  We are united in our goal of making this region the most successful place in Ireland to do business from.”

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