EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Ireland
Region: South-East (IRL); Southern and Eastern
Location of affected unit(s): Clonmel (Tipperary)


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemical and botanical products
21 - Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
Number Employed: 1000
Group: GuIdant Corporation(US)

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 22-06-2004
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Planned Job Creation: 1000

Additional Information

In the single-largest job expansion in Ireland in 2004,US medical device manufacturer, Guidant Corporation, is to create 1,000 jobs to add to its existing workforce of 1,000 people at its plant in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. The expansion will allow the company to develop its new generation of stent medical devices, used in the treatment of cardio-vascular disease, and it would see the company double its current spend in the Irish economy of 80 million euros per year. The 1,000 new jobs - recruitment for 500 of which will commence in 2005 - span a range of skills. There will be jobs for people with Leaving Certificate, diploma and degree qualifications, and also for people with special qualifications in engineering, chemistry, biology and material sciences.