Abbott was founded in 1888 by Dr Wallace C. Abbott in Chicago, USA.
The company is involved in the research, development, manufacture, and marketing of a range of products. Their portfolio spans the breadth of healthcare including medical devices, diagnostics, branded generic pharmaceuticals, and nutritionals.
Abbott currently employs 113,000 people, with a customer base across over 160 countries and global sales in 2021 of $43.1 billion.
Abbott opened their nutrition facilities in Cavan in 1975.
The site is unique within Abbott’s worldwide nutrition network as it uses liquid skim milk in its products. Approximately 500,000 litres of milk are processed at the site every day to produce nutrition products for babies and children as well as for individuals with chronic illnesses.
Products from the site are exported around the world including throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Canada.
In December 2022, the company submitted plans for a proposed expansion of the Cavan site – a decision is expected in February 2023.
Activities: Nutritional and Diagnostics manufacturing
In 1974, Abbott opened their first manufacturing site in Ireland. Over time, the Ballytivnan site became a fully automated site for nutritional manufacturing (hosting “moulding, extrusion and high-speed assembly in a lean operation”) before moving to Finisklin in 2017.
The site received the prestigious Shingo prize for Operational Excellence in 2017 and the company now describes it as “the Abbott Nutrition Devices Centre of Excellence”.
Abbott opened their Sligo diagnostics manufacturing facility in 1994. Since then, the company have expanded the site eight times and it’s now over 170,000 sq ft. Abbott describe this site as “the second largest facility worldwide manufacturing diagnostic products”.
As well as manufacturing diagnostic reagents and accessories, the Sligo site also hosts “Process and Product Innovation laboratories”.
Activities: Medical device manufacturing (vascular)
Abbott’s Clonmel site manufactures a range of vascular devices (including stent delivery systems and catheters).
The 250,000 sq ft Shingo Prize winning facility is described by the company as a “centre of excellence in the manufacturing of vascular devices”.
The Future of Abbott in Ireland
In August 2023, Abbott announced a €440m investment in their Irish operations.
“We have had an outstanding experience with the Irish workforce … which means it is a sensible strategic investment for us to keep going back there.”
Jared Watkin, Senior Vice-President, Abbott Diabetes Care
This investment will see the establishment of the new Kilkenny manufacturing facility as well as expansion of the Donegal Diabetes Care site. It is expected that these projects in combination will lead to 1,000 new jobs.
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