Johnson & Johnson Vision has today announced a €35 million investment in its facility in Limerick, with the potential to create up to 200 new jobs over the next three years, including roles specific to the construction phase of the project.
Johnson & Johnson Vision started operating in Limerick in 1996, with 60 employees.
In that time, the company has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the largest contact lens-manufacturing facilities in the world, with a workforce of 1,600 people.
Niall Collins TD, Minister of State at the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, attended the announcement of the investment in Johnson & Johnson Vision, in its Limerick facility.
Welcoming the investment, Collins said, “This investment by Johnson & Johnson Vision in its Limerick plant is significant, and clearly signals their desire to drive and commit to expanding their advanced manufacturing footprint in Ireland.
“The creation of 200 new jobs for the region also proves we can deliver a talented and skilled workforce, ready to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing society. There is no doubt that the Johnson & Johnson Vision operations in Limerick are world leading, and we can be proud that the results of that work will help people right across the world.”
‘Eye Health Needs’
According to the company, Johnson & Johnson Vision is to bring improved eyesight to people around the world through the research, development and manufacturing of new medical technologies.
John Fitzgibbon, operations director, Johnson & Johnson Vision in Ireland, highlighted that nearly 2.2 billion people around the world face impaired vision, and approximately 20% (200 million people) worldwide suffer vision impairment or blindness caused by cataracts or uncorrected refractive errors.
“With the growth of our manufacturing operations in Limerick, we are committed to changing these statistics, helping to solve a lifetime of eye health needs with our IOLs [intraocular lenses],” Fitzgibbon said.
Recruitment is currently under way across a range of departments, including operations (supervisors and product assemblers), engineering (automation and process) and quality (engineering, validation, chemistry and micro-labs).
To learn more about joining the Johnson & Johnson Vision team in Limerick, visit careers.jnj.com.