In a separate project, West's Dublin plant operated by subsidiary Tech Group Europe, which employs about 230, is undergoing a 12,000-sq.-ft. expansion as a result of securing a significant contract from a leading global pharmaceutical company.
Tech Group Europe is part of the Tech Group, a subsidiary of West.
The contract it received calls for the manufacture, assembly and decoration of a complex injectable device for the diabetes market that will go into full scale production in 2015. The device will be shipped to the customer's European facility for final assembly.
Completion of the expansion is expected in the first quarter of 2015, the spokeswoman said, with production commencing late in the third quarter.
Tech Group's Dublin plant serves as the European headquarters for the group, which specializes in providing device design, development and manufacturing for pharmaceutical and med-tech customers.
The facility was established in Ireland in 1998 and became part of West in 2005 when the firm acquired the operation.
“This expansion reinforces the commitment to developing the Dublin capability as part of an ongoing long-term investment plan,” according to Dan O'Callaghan, vice president and general manager of Tech Group Europe.
West also manufactures components for insulin pens and glucose monitoring systems at its facilities in Arizona. It makes plungers and lined seals for insulin pen cartridges at its plants in the U.S., Germany and Denmark.
Established in 1923, West operates numerous sales, manufacturing, customer support, and research and development facilities in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. It had 2013 sales of about $1.4 billion.
In July, the company completed construction of its first products manufacturing facility in Sri City, India, and said at the time that it had plans to expand production at the factory. The 164,700-sq.-ft plant sits on a site that covers 783,600 square feet. It expects to employ approximately 45 at the site by the end of 2015.
The highly automated Sri City facility makes elastomeric packaging for injectable medicines.