West Pharma Celebrates Official Opening of New Global Manufacturing Facility in Waterford

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: WST), a global leader in innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, today announced the official opening of its new Waterford, Ireland facility, a global centre of excellence for West’s advanced manufacturing network, and the launch of a new product line—Westar® Select.The plant currently employs 100 people with plans to further expand its workforce in the coming years.Senior executives of West were not in a position to put a timeline on this at the moment.
They are still working to finish up the final steps of phase 1 to build out all aspects of the plant, which they anticipate will continue into 2019.
The team are focused on this first phase of construction and operations at this time.

Pictured at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the West new Global Manufacturing Facility in Waterford, Ireland were from left, Bernard Birkett, CFO, West, Mary Buckley, Executive Director, IDA Ireland, Mayor of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr.Declan Doocey, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, Don O'Callaghan, West VP Operations, EU, Minister of State, Dept.of Education,  Mary Mitchell TD, Eric Green, President and CEO, West, David Montecalvo, Sr.VP Global Operations & SC, West, Adam Wrench, Director of Operations, West and Alain Wolf, Site Director, West

Pictured at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the West new Global Manufacturing Facility in Waterford, Ireland were from left, Bernard Birkett, CFO, West, Mary Buckley, Executive Director, IDA Ireland, Mayor of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr.Declan Doocey, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, Don O'Callaghan, West VP Operations, EU, Minister of State, Dept.of Education, Mary Mitchell TD, Eric Green, President and CEO, West, David Montecalvo, Sr.VP Global Operations & SC, West, Adam Wrench, Director of Operations, West and Alain Wolf, Site Director, West


In the event of any future expansion projects they will evaluate hiring needs to support the business. Many variables remain in terms of sales success and new product development.
Staff come from around the south east to work at the Waterford facility, from Carlow to Tipperary and Wexford as well as Waterford and the West location close to M9 motorway and bypass makes it easy for access in this thoroughly first class facility.Many staff are experienced and have done a great job bringing it to fruition and within budget say executives.
Customers and senior-level Irish government officials joined West at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week to celebrate the facility’s opening and to recognise West’s ongoing commitment to improving patient lives through their products and services.

“West is very pleased to celebrate the official opening of our state-of-the-art facility in Waterford, as well as the launch of Westar Select, both of which are the culmination of efforts by many to support our Company’s commitment to meeting the dynamic needs of our pharmaceutical and biotech partners,” said Eric Green, President and CEO, West. “Our investment in Waterford, in addition to our previously announced investments in North Carolina, United States, Jurong, Singapore, and Dublin, Ireland, enable West to provide the highest levels of quality across the products and services we provide for the global customer base we serve.”

The new, 20,500 square meter facility, situated on a 44-acre campus, will produce West’s proprietary elastomeric laminate sheeting, which is used to package insulin for use in pen injectors.
Additionally, it will offer high-value finishing for components, including stoppers and plungers, produced at other West facilities around the world. These services, designed to mitigate the risk of potential contamination and compatibility issues with packaging components, include pharmaceutical washing (Westar® RS components), Envision® verification, steam sterilization (Westar® RU components), and flexible packaging offerings. The factory was built in 22 months and within budget said executives and they are happy with the quality of staff and have much ambition for the plant.it has passed the iso9001: 2015 and is approved by FDA in USA and Canada. Commercial delivery of product is soon to commence. West work with Irish based international pharma firms and also international ones at overseas plants, said Karen Flynn, Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer.

Pieta House Waterford were the beneficiaries of a very generous donation from West during the opening of its new facility in Waterford, receiving a cheque for €10,000. Pictured receiving the cheque was Waterford Pieta House manager Michael O’Brien, also included were Eric Green, President and CEO, West, Adam Wrench, Director of Operations, West, Alain Wolf, Site Director, West and Bernard Birkett, CFO, West.

Pieta House Waterford were the beneficiaries of a very generous donation from West during the opening of its new facility in Waterford, receiving a cheque for €10,000. Pictured receiving the cheque was Waterford Pieta House manager Michael O’Brien, also included were Eric Green, President and CEO, West, Adam Wrench, Director of Operations, West, Alain Wolf, Site Director, West and Bernard Birkett, CFO, West.


Speaking at the event, Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. said, “I am delighted to be here to celebrate the opening of West’s new Global Manufacturing Centre. The company’s work is internationally recognised for its excellence in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical packaging and medical devices. This investment reinforces Ireland’s strong track record of attracting companies in the medical devices sector.She was happy to note that West Pharma had reached full capacity in Dublin facility at Mulhuddart, where 600 work and hopefully Waterford would reach full capacity in the future Staff were key to success and key 3Cs are competency, capacity and capability. She said it was a great news story for Waterford and the south east.
She wanted to see more prosperity and work in the Waterford region. The Irish Government will continue to prioritise Government support for sectors with real growth potential through our Action Plan for Jobs and encourage investment in regional locations such as Waterford.”

Frank O Regan came in for special mention for his work in this area for the south east
IDA executive director, Mary Buckley said the West manufacturing facility was huge with a size of 20,500 square meters on a 44-acre site.
She also noted the successful expansion of Opko, which would employ 200 at the Waterford Business Park, showing the power of this company and noted the presence of Patsy Carney.
Also speaking at the event, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD said, “I am delighted to attend the official opening of West’s state-of-the-art facility in Waterford.

This new, cutting edge, manufacturing site will be a tremendous asset to our Pharma and MedTech industries and will deepen the great partnership between the company and Ireland. This investment is particularly welcome as it supports the Government’s commitment to increase FDI investment throughout all the regions.”
Mary Buckley, Executive Director at IDA Ireland, said, “I welcome this investment by West Pharmaceutical Services, which will significantly bolster the life sciences cluster in the South East. Manufacturing excellence in biopharmaceuticals is a hallmark of Ireland’s success in the sector and is one of the primary reasons as to why Ireland is home to 10 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies. This new high value manufacturing centre not only highlights West’s commitment to Ireland, it also showcases how competitive Ireland is for global enterprise and investment. I wish the company every success and look forward to welcoming future growth announcements.”

West is also a long-time supporter of the local community in which it operates. As part of the opening ceremony, West presented two local non-profit organisations with corporate donations, as well as local, employee-raised contributions that were collected as part of the Company’s grassroots employee giving programme. One of the organisations was Pieta House, who provide a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm.A €10,000 sum was raised. The other organisation, the Waterford Food Bank, was set up by a group of concerned individuals to bring about positive change for every member of every community in Waterford by eradicating food poverty. A sum of €10,000 was also donated.Both of these were staff suggestions and the company was proud to support them and their fund raising efforts.

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