EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Ireland
Region: South-West (IRL); Southern and Eastern
Location of affected unit(s): Cork


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of pharmaceuticals, medicinal chemical and botanical products
21 - Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
Number Employed: 750

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 23-05-2022
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Employment Effect Start: 23-05-2022
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2027
Planned Job Creation: 370

Additional Information

German pharmaceutical multinational, Merck, is to create 370 jobs in Cork over 5 years. 120 roles will be based at the company’s manufacturing plant in Carrigtwohill, Cork. Merck is investing over €290 million expanding this facility. Approximately 250 of the jobs will be based at a new €150 million manufacturing facility in Blarney. The reason behind the expansion and the job creation is to increase the company's membrane manufacturing capacity: membrane arre used for rapid diagnostic testing. All new roles are expected to be in place by the end of 2027.

Merck is a medicine maker company that currently employs 750 people at its plant in Carrigtwohill.