Cork ‘Strykes’ gold with 600 new jobs

Leading medical technology company Stryker has officially opened its new high-tech facility in Cork bringing 600 future jobs to the region.

The new 156,000 square foot development in Anngrove in Carrigtwohill was opened yesterday by Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

A global leader in the application of additive manufacturing technologies (3D printing), Stryker makes products to treat bone-related conditions affecting knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, craniomaxillofacial (mouth, jaws, face, skull, etc.) and spines.

The company also develops patient-specific solutions for people with significant disease progression often with no alternative.

Welcoming the news, the Taoiseach said the capacity for new jobs brought by the development was testament to the capability, dedication and vision of the Stryker team.

“Government will work to ensure Ireland continues to be an attractive location for the med-tech sector and business in general, supported by our highly-skilled and talented workforce,” he said.

In addition to housing Stryker’s manufacturing facilities, Anngrove is also the worldwide headquarters of the AMagine Institute, which is the centre of excellence for additive manufacturing across Stryker.

Viju Menon, Group President of Global Quality and Operations at Stryker, said the company is pleased to expand its talent base in Ireland and that the facility will help to unlock new opportunities that were previously not possible.

Mr Menon said: “With our experience and proprietary technology, we are excited to impact more patients and drive growth with this additional investment.”

Also welcoming the new facility was IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan the expanded Anngrove facility will further the company’s 4 decade commitment to Ireland.

“It also builds on Stryker’s outstanding track record for innovation and shows the key role Anngrove plays in the company’s global additive technology research and development,” said Mr Shanahan.

Cork Chamber welcomed the news but CEO Conor Healy added that the development of transport corridors along the eastern reaches of the city region are “essential to supporting the economic development. It is clear that the decision not to fund the N25 Carrigtwohill-Midleton multi modal route must be revisited.

“However, it is reassuring that plans to upgrade and electrify the rail line were given the green light to move forward in May of this year under the EU recovery and resilience fund. This in conjunction with the recently increased frequency of service along the Midleton rail line are steps in the right direction towards a sustainable future for Cork’s transport system,” he said.

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork East, James O’Connor said that the announcement “will have a positive impact on the local economy and sends out a resounding message that Cork is an excellent place for businesses to base themselves and expand and grow successfully into the future”.