Allergan has announced a €65 million capital investment programme for 2019 to facilitate the continued expansion of the company’s laboratories and manufacturing campuses at Westport in County Mayo and Clonshaugh in north Dublin.
Allergan’s Westport campus is the largest and most complex in Allergan’s global network. Encompassing a pharmaceuticals facility, two biologics plants and an ocular implant facility, it is responsible for the global supply of flagship Allergan product BOTOX and manufactures a range of eye care products.
The Westport facility has created 63 new highly skilled jobs, bringing total employment in Ireland to more than 2,000 across the country. One in ten employees in Allergan’s global workforce is based in Ireland.
An EY DKM Economic Impact Assessment of Allergan’s operations in Ireland indicates that this 2019 capital investment programme will contribute €23 million to Ireland’s GDP this year and deliver €7 million in exchequer revenue. In 2018, Allergan generated a GDP impact of€308 million and supported 3,485 jobs in Ireland’s economy, generating exchequer revenue of €76 million.
Investment at the Clonshaugh facility in Dublin, which encompasses two manufacturing facilities and the plc head office, will focus on expanding specialised manufacturing capability for new product development and the launch of new solid dose products currently in development. This facility plays a pivotal role in the delivery of Allergan’s global “Open Science” strategy by providing the critical small-scale pilot and manufacturing capability for Allergan’s important oral solid dosage product pipeline. It currently manufacturers products for the treatment of conditions including depression, irritable bowel syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease and hypertension.
Announcing the investment, Vice President & Plant General Manager at Allergan Westport, Mr. Paul Coffey said, "We are expanding capacity to meet global demand and we are advancing our R&D capabilities to meet the needs of the future for our business. We are proud that 40 years on we are still growing and offering valuable employment opportunities in key regions of Ireland and we thank the communities around us for their continued support."
Welcoming the announcement, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar said, "This is great news for Westport and for Mayo and reinforces the region’s deserved reputation as a location for investment and innovation. It is further evidence of the confidence international companies like Allergan continue to have in Ireland."