Johnson & Johnson is a US-based multinational company that was founded in 1886 with the initial idea that wounds should be treated and dressed using sterile equipment. Over time it has grown to be one of the biggest healthcare companies in the world.
Johnson & Johnson operates three distinct divisions – medical devices (J&J MedTech), pharmaceuticals (Janssen), and consumer health (where it’s a leading name with brands such as Neutrogena, BandAid and Clean and Clear).
Products from these three divisions are marketed in 57 countries via almost 250 operating companies with global personnel of almost 156,000.
Johnson & Johnson in Ireland
Johnson & Johnson have had a presence in Ireland for over 80 years. Today, both the medical device and pharmaceutical divisions have manufacturing sites in the country and there are more than 5,000 people employed across sites in Cork, Galway and Limerick.
Since 2012, Johnson and Johnson have invested over $2 billion in their Irish operations.
The company is aiming for net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. As a step towards that, they announced that Irish operations were powered by 100% renewable energy in October 2021.
Activities: API Manufacturing, Biologics Manufacturing, Medical Device Manufacturing
There are three Johnson & Johnson manufacturing sites across Cork:
Janssen Little Island
Janssen Little Island
This Janssen Pharmaceutical manufacturing site has been operational since 1981. It is one of four within the company that make up the “small molecule cluster organisation”. The bulk active pharmaceutical ingredients that are manufactured here are used by other Janssen sites and third party companies around the world for use in tablets, creams and injectable dosage forms. Approximately 400 people are currently employed here.
This Janssen Sciences site is responsible for biologics research, development and manufacturing. A €400m investment led to the opening of the site in 2005. It currently employs over 700 people and the 5 commercial products manufactured here are used in the treatment of cancer and immune related diseases.
The company describes this site as a “Global Centre of Excellence for Clinical Drug Substance and Drug Product Release and Stability Management”
In 2019, J&J invested €300m to expand the Ringaskiddy site and add 200 new jobs.
Today is a very exciting day for all of us here in @JanssenIE as we unveil a significant expansion at our #Cork facility. This new manufacturing building will see us welcome an additional 200 full-time employees to our Janssen Ireland family @IDAIRELAND – https://t.co/8Dd4Fu5xeo
Then, in 2022, the company announced a €150m expansion that is expected to lead to another 180 jobs once completed.
Today we announced an investment of €150m at our Ringaskiddy site, which will potentially create 180 new full time jobs. This expansion project will add to Janssen’s global manufacturing capacity and allow us to reach our patients with crucial biomedicines faster. Read more:
DePuy Ireland is part of Johnson & Johnson MedTech. This medical device manufacturing facility produces orthopaedic and joint replacement products. It was opened in 1997 and is the now company’s largest manufacturing site for these products, which are then sold around the world. Approximately 1700 people are employed across a variety of roles here.
In 2015, DePuy Ireland’s Ringaskiddy site was awarded the Shingo Prize for operational excellence. It was then named as one of the top nine most advanced factories in the world by the World Economic Forum in 2018 for its use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
Depuy Synthes facility in Cork named as one of the top nine most advanced factories in the world due to its use of internet of things (IoT) technology – https://t.co/98JYKAnYyk
The company invested €36m in 2019 to establish additional R&D projects at the Depuy site. This investment led to the establishment of a 3D Printing Development & Launch Centre, as well as 30 additional jobs. As a result, the company was able to launch its “first commercial 3D printed knee product”.
“Our greatest asset is our team”
– Colm Hynes, Plant Manager at DePuy Ireland
DePuy – Overall rating by their employees2023 (source):
“We have been in Limerick for more than 25 years and our success is testament to our talented workforce.”
– John Lynch, Plant Leader at Johnson & Johnson Vision
Today, it is one of the largest contact lens manufacturing sites in the world and there are currently 36 production lines. It operates a largely automated 24/7 production process to manufacture Acuvue brand contact lenses.
The facility uses electricity from 100% renewable sources, including an onsite wind turbine.
In 2019, the company invested €100m and created 100 new jobs at the site.
Monday morning news as Johnson & Johnson Vision announces approx. 100 jobs + investment of €100M in its Limerick facility https://t.co/nEUgf68TEl via @IDAIRELAND. Continuous improvement & continuous innovation is why J&J is the largest contact lens manufacturer in the world pic.twitter.com/3mfzkaPQDu
Then in September, a further €100m investment was announced to expand manufacturing capacity through the introduction of fully automated flexible manufacturing lines. That expansion is expected to lead to another 80 new jobs.
This video gives some insight into what kind of candidates Johnson & Johnson look for, and what it’s like to work for them in sites across Ireland…
If you already have experience in the pharma or medical device manufacturing industries, you can head straight over to our dedicated pharma jobs board and see the Cerenovus, DePuy, Janssen and J&J Vision vacancies in Ireland.
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