The new, 156,000-square-foot 3D printing facility will bring 600 jobs to the area and will help Stryker advance its leadership position in additive manufacturing.
Kalamazoo, Michigan-based Stryker said in a news release that it has made significant investments in Anngrove and will continue to invest for growth. Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Ireland’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and other local guests were in attendance for the opening.
“I am delighted to be at the opening of Stryker’s newly expanded Anngrove facility, a very welcome development for Cork and the South West region,” Martin said in the release. “Today’s opening and announcement of the capacity for new jobs is testament to the capability, dedication and vision of the Stryker team, and of the growth and success of Stryker here. Government will work to ensure Ireland continues to be an attractive location for the med-tech sector, and business in general, supported by our highly-skilled and talented workforce.”
Stryker’s additive manufacturing for healthcare innovation includes products for treating bone-related conditions across the knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, craniomaxillofacial and spine, as well as patient-specific solutions for people who have significant disease progression, often with no alternative.
Anngrove also represents the home of the worldwide headquarters for the AMagine Institute, a center of excellence for additive manufacturing across Stryker. The institute develops breakthrough technologies and deploys them across its full portfolio of products and services, IDA said.
“The new facility and talent will continue to unlock new opportunities that were previously not possible, accelerate innovation globally and further support our mission to make healthcare better together with our customers,” said Viju Menon, group president for global quality and operations at Stryker.. “With our experience and proprietary technology, we are excited to impact more patients and drive growth with this additional investment. We are also pleased to expand our talent base in Ireland with engaging roles across a range of disciplines. At Stryker we are committed to a diverse, safe and inclusive work environment.”
IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan added that Stryker, which opened its Anngrove facility in 2016, will use the expansion of the facility as recognition of the “strong ecosystem of universities, engineering talent and partners” in the country.
“[The facility] also builds on Stryker’s outstanding track record for innovation and shows the key role Anngrove plays in the company’s global additive technology research and development,” Shanahan said. “We welcome this exciting development in Anngrove, the potential it brings for future high-tech job growth, and look forward to continued success for Stryker in Ireland.”