Health Minister Simon Hamilton visited the Terumo BCT medical device manufacturing facility in Larne.
Terumo BCT is a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cellular technology. The Minister toured the facility and was shown the Teruflex blood bag system, which is manufactured at the site, and a sterile fluids manufacturing process for human and veterinary use.
Speaking at the visit, the Minister said: "I am very pleased to have been shown around the Terumo BCT factory in Larne. It is so encouraging to see the contribution of Terumo BCT and its employees in Northern Ireland make both to public health worldwide and also the health and well being of the local population through the development and manufacture of medical devices.
"The investment of this company in Northern Ireland and the contribution it makes to both global health and the Northern Ireland economy is excellent. Further investments mean that the site is now also used for research and development and along with additional support from Invest NI, is now making the Larne facility one of the most advanced of its type in Europe. The company currently employs over 280 people with plans to expand to 400 employees as a result of the recent growth.
"I would like to thank Terumo for inviting me to see the excellent work going on in this facility and I wish them well in the future."
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