Terumo BCT manufactures products used in the treatment and transfusion of blood at its plant in Larne, Co. Antrim. It is now set to expand into research and development there for the first time, with the creation of 416 new jobs.
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe hailed Northern Ireland as a “treasure trove of challenge, openness and innovation” during a visit to Belfast following the G8 summit.
“The capability of the Larne facility is renowned throughout the company and our global markets so I am delighted that, with Invest NI’s support, we can grow this facility and really cement our presence here”
“Global demand for our products is increasing and the R&D activities in particular will enable us to tap into the skills and research base in order to develop new products and processes that will increase competitiveness and maintain our reputation for quality excellence”
Troy Deppey, Senior Executive, Terumo BCT
The business has been in Larne for more than nine years and employs 260 people. It has plants in the US, Japan, India, Belgium and China, employing 4,700 people worldwide.
The new jobs will include positions involving entry-level manufacturing, scientific, microbiology, chemistry and engineering as more equipment is introduced.
Terumo BCT is headquartered in Colorado and is a member of the Terumo Group family of companies owned by the Japanese-based Terumo Corporation.
The new jobs are supported with more than £2 million from Northern Ireland job creation agency Invest NI.
The firm is also investing more than £2 million in two research and development projects, the first research activities that will be undertaken in Larne.
Joe Robbins is co-founder of CareerWise Recruitment. A graduate of the University of Limerick (Degree in Business Studies, 1985), Joe worked in the UK for five years where he specialised in materials management, production management and plant management for a number of companies.
He returned to Ireland in 1992 to become Operations Manager for a Cork-based start-up, FMC Automotive Division which was subsequently taken over by Snap-on Equipment. Joe managed the business re-location of this company to Shannon in 1997 before setting up CareerWise Recruitment in 1999.
He is a committee member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Mid-West region, and a former Director and Vice President of the Shannon Chamber of Commerce. Joe is former Chairperson of the Sixmilebridge Camogie Club and current Chairperson of the Clare County Camogie Board.
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