West Pharmaceutical Services has broken ground on its new pharmaceutical component manufacturing facility in Waterford, Ireland, to meet increasing customer demand.

Expected to become operational in late 2018, the facility will employ close to 150 people in engineering, production and other roles.

The 95,000ft² facility will manufacture packaging components for insulin injector cartridges and other high-value packaging components for injectable drugs.

"West’s presence in Ireland is of great importance to us for meeting customer demand for high-quality packaging components."

It will also be capable of manufacturing additional proprietary injectable component product lines such as Westar RU and NovaPure for packaging injectable medicines.

West Pharmaceutical Services CEO Eric Green said: "West’s presence in Ireland is of great importance to us for meeting customer demand for high-quality packaging components.

"Packaging systems play an important role in ensuring the purity, long-term stability and efficacy of injectable drug products. The advanced components that will be produced at our state-of-the-art Waterford plant will help our pharmaceutical and biotechnology customers deliver their products to patients."

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The new facility will also function as a center of excellence for West’s proprietary elastomeric sheeting, which is used to package insulin for use in pen injectors.

West recently completed a multimillion Euro expansion at its manufacturing and development centre in Dublin.

West’s global contract manufacturing solutions provider Tech Group Europe operates from the Dublin centre, offering device design, development and manufacturing services for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device manufacturers.