Merck to invest over €440m to expand its operations in Cork

The German multinational plans to inject €290 million into its existing Cork facility, and will spend a further €150 million building a new plant on the outskirts of Cork city

(L-R): Gillian Coughlan, Mayor of Co Cork; Martin McAuliffe, managing director and head of Cork Operations, Merck; Taoiseach, Micheál Martin; Matthias Heinzel, member of the executive board of Merck and CEO Life Science, and Michael Lohan, head of Lifesciences and Talent, Transformation and Innovation, IDA. Picture: Michael O'Sullivan

Merck, the global science and technology giant, has announced it will invest more than €440 million to significantly expand its operations in Cork.

The German-headquartered company plans to increase capacity at its membrane manufacturing facility in Carrigtwohill at a cost of €290 million, while it also plans to build a €150 million new manufacturing facility at Blarney Business Park on the outskirts of Cork city.

The investment by Merck, which is the largest ever into ...