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Major Expansion Announced for Eurofins in Dungarvan

Published on 13 Jun 2016

Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, part of Eurofins Scientific (EUFI.PA), the world leader in bioanalytical testing, announces strategic plans for the expansion of its Dungarvan, Ireland campus, including development of a new building as well as expansion of its current facility. Further, as a major employer in the South East of Ireland, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories is set to increase its workforce to over 500 staff by 2021 with this investment by its parent company, Eurofins Scientific. Over 175 new jobs have been created in the past 24 months.

The launch of this major building expansion programme combines the expansion of the existing 2,700m2 laboratory with an additional 4,400m2 extension, as well as the development of a 1,800m2 second site on the campus located in the IDA Business Park, Dungarvan. This means that the project will bring the Group’s capacity to almost 9,000m2 of state-of–the-art laboratory surface to serve the biopharmaceutical industry in Ireland and the UK. The project is in the planning submission phase and building works are planned to commence in Q4 2016.  The project is another example of the commitment of Eurofins Scientific to continued growth and investment in its laboratory operations in the region.

“This expansion is the result of successfully growing strategic partnerships with our clients and the value we bring to them and their target markets. And it reinforces Eurofins’ absolute commitment to aggressively funding growth to enhance the way we serve our customers as well as build the best and widest-reaching testing network in the biopharmaceutical market.” - Timothy S. Oostdyk, Ph.D., Chairman, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories, and Group Senior Vice President, Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing.

Carmel Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories in Ireland, said, “We currently serve 18 of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies and our success is attributable mostly to the excellent commitment and technical capability of our people.  Our broad base of clients means we work on a diverse range of products and development projects which offers an excellent scope for continuous learning and development of technical depth that is unparalleled.  We invest heavily in our internal training programmes, and we are grateful to be supported by the IDA and the Skillnets to deliver technical competency in our team that is world class.  We also pride ourselves on a service offering that meets the complex and varying needs of our clients, many of whom avail of all our service tiers, whether in-house or at the client facility.  Our in-house testing services are complemented by our innovative and award-winning Professional Scientific Services (PSS) programme that places full-time analysts, technicians, scientists and technical support personnel managed by us directly at the client facility to provide long term staffing needs while maintaining the same services, expertise and cGMP compliance available at our facility in Dungarvan.  We have PSS teams based at a variety of client locations in Ireland and UK.” 

“It’s great to see an established successful company like Eurofins expanding its operations further in Waterford with the addition of over 160 staff over the next five years. That’s on top of the 175 jobs created in the past two years. A key priority for me as Minister is encouraging more companies to set up in our regions. Companies setting up and creating jobs in our regions ensures that there are opportunities for positive knock-on effects in the surrounding areas. Only a strong economy supporting people at work can pay for the services needed to create a fair society. Already a major employer in this key regional location, this further expansion and substantial number of new jobs will benefit the entire South East Region. It demonstrates great commitment by Eurofins’ parent company, Eurofins Scientific. I congratulate the company and their workforce and wish them continued success.” - Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

CEO of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan said “This investment demonstrates Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories’ commitment to Dungarvan, and the large cluster of biopharma companies based in Ireland. Achieving increased levels of investment in regional locations is an important focus of IDA’s strategy ‘Winning – FDI 2015-2019’ and today’s announcement is an important step in that direction. I wish Eurofins every success as they continue to grow their operations in the South East Region.”

For more information about Eurofins, please visit www.eurofins.com or contact:
Investor Relations
Eurofins Scientific Group
Phone: +32 2 766 1620
E-mail: ir@eurofins.com