US pharma company opens new Waterford facility

An US-based pharmaceutical packaging giant has today officially opened its state of the art facility in Waterford.

West Pharmaceutical Services employs 100 people on their 44-acre site on the outskirts of the city.

The new, 20,500 sq meter facility will produce West’s proprietary elastomeric laminate sheeting, which is used to package insulin for use in pen injectors.

Additionally, it will offer high-value finishing for components, including stoppers and plungers, produced at other West facilities around the world. 

Speaking at the event, Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the investment reinforced Ireland’s strong track record of attracting companies in the medical devices sector.

She said the Government would continue to encourage investment in regional locations such as Waterford.

President and CEO of West, Eric Green said: “West is very pleased to celebrate the official opening of our state-of-the-art facility in Waterford, as well as the launch of Westar Select, both of which are the culmination of efforts by many to support our Company’s commitment to meeting the dynamic needs of our pharmaceutical and biotech partners.”

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