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Amcor to add more capabilities at packaging site in Ireland

Amcor, a global packaging giant, will upgrade its healthcare packaging facility in Sligo, Ireland, as it looks to support growth in the medical device arena.

The company, which is based in Zurich said the project will add Class 7 cleanrooms and thermoforming operations that meet all regulatory standards. Thermoform packaging uses lightweight, clear plastic enclosures to safeguard medical devices and implants and provide a secure, sterile environment for lengthy periods.

Additionally, the company plans to add a full design studio at the site to support product development.

The company said the project, which is expected to create 75 new jobs, will run in the “multi-million-dollar” range, but didn’t disclose and specific amount.

“The additional capabilities in our Sligo site allow us to provide customers with even more differentiated and efficient solutions to meet their healthcare packaging needs,” Peter Konieczny,  Amcor’s chief commercial officer, said in a statement.

Amcor has been beefing up its offerings in the medical and pharmaceutical industries. In December, the company opened its dedicated healthcare packaging facility in Tuas, Singapore, to meet expected market demand in Asia. That facility offers cleanroom manufacturing, flexographic printing and a spectrum of co-extrusion blown film.