Wuxi plant gets go-ahead

Work will begin on site in January to prepare the way for the construction of the new WuXi Biologics biopharmaceuticals contract manufacturing campus at the IDA Ireland Dundalk Science and Technology Park just off the M1 motorway at Mullagharlin, Dundalk. The go-ahead for site works follows the grant of planning permission for the new facility by Louth County Council.
The grant of planning permission is a significant step forward in WuXi Biologics’ €325m investment for Dundalk. This is WuXi Biologics’ first ever manufacturing investment in Europe and the largest project the company has undertaken outside China. WuXi Biologics is the world’s only single source of biologics contract manufacturing capability from concept to commercialisation. The new building in Dundalk which has been dubbed ‘factory of the future’ will be the world’s largest biopharmaceuticals contract manufacturing facility using single-use production technology. The imminent commencement of construction has been welcomed by Dr Chris Chen, Chief Executive Officer of WuXi Biologics: “The development of this new facility symbolises the build-out of our global contract biomanufacturing network to make sure that biologics can be manufactured at the highest quality, providing a robust supply chain to benefit patients worldwide,” stated Dr Chen.
The new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will create 400 high value jobs for Dundalk over the coming years and 700 jobs during the construction phase between now and the end of 2020. It is anticipated that general recruitment will begin in 2020 with the facility moving into full production the following year. These jobs will range from manufacturing to technical and quality assurance roles as well as for associated administration positions. WuXi Biologics participated in the Careers & Industry Fair in Dundalk Institute of Technology last month to promote the new local job opportunities to DkIT students.

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