A new international logistics centre opened by Grifols is the first-ever life sciences investment by a Spanish company in Ireland.
Plasma product manufacturer Grifols owns and operates a network of 150 plasma donor centres in the US, from which currently obtains more than 7.5 million litres of plasma per year.
The company has officially opened its bioscience division global operations centre in Ireland, located at Grange Castle Business Park, Dublin. Approximately $100m has been invested in the new Grifols operations facility in Dublin.
The new facility will house operating activities, including the warehousing of plasma, packaging and final conditioning of the product, regulatory and quality activities relating to the supply of plasma and plasma derivatives, R&D global management office, and administrative and commercial activities, among others. Grifols relocated these operations and its treasury function to Ireland in 2014.
The centre is scheduled to come on stream in the first half of 2016 and will generate approximately 140 jobs when it is fully operational.
Speaking from the European People’s Party Summit in Madrid, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “I’m delighted to welcome this investment by Grifols which will create 140 jobs in west Dublin. Attracting in new life sciences investment is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, designed to keep our recovery going. Ireland continues to be an attractive location for investment and I’m delighted that Dublin will host the next phase of growth by Grifols. The Irish Government will continue to work with Grifols as they expand their operations in Ireland.”
Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, said: “I warmly welcome Grifols to Ireland and to West Dublin. This massive investment will create 140 new jobs; will provide an important further boost to our local economy and confirms Grange Castle Business Park as one of Europe’s leading hubs for innovation-led industry. I wish to commend South Dublin County Council on their foresight in development Grange Castle so that it can attract world-leading industries.”