EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Ireland
Region: Midland; Border, Midland and Western
Location of affected unit(s): Athlone


Sector: Manufacturing
Other manufacturing, and repair and installation of machinery and equipment
32 - Other manufacturing
Group: Abiomed (US)

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 04-08-2008
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2009
Planned Job Creation: 250

Additional Information

An American medical devices multinational, Abiomed, is to create 250 new jobs over the next 18 months in a new plant in Athlone in the Irish Midlands. The plant will manufacture a product for patients suffering acute heart failure. Abiomed is based in Massachusetts, and specialises in medical technologies designed to assist or replace the pumping of the heart.