Multi-million-euro expansion and 100 new jobs for Sligo as medical device manufacturer Arrotek looks to the future
Sligo medical device designer and manufacturer Arrotek is delighted to announce the planned creation of up to 100 new jobs after the company was granted planning permission for a 20,000sq ft extension to its headquarters in Sligo town.
Arrotek is based in a purpose-built 50,000sq ft facility in the heart of the Medtech cluster in Finisklin Business park in Sligo, which was built in 2019 and features state-of-the-art manufacturing cleanrooms, laboratory, and engineering offices.
It is expected that the additional 20,000sq ft will house a mixture of office and manufacturing space and produce a further 100 permanent roles.
Recruitment for the new roles will begin immediately – the positions will be created across all departments within Arrotek, including engineering specifically design engineers and project managers, quality, production, customer service, and administration
Founded in 2005 by Mark Pugh and Ger O’Carroll, Arrotek began life as an engineering service provider focused on designing medical devices for other companies.
Image: Founders Ger O’Carroll (left) and Mark Pugh outside Arrotek’s medical device design and manufacturing facility in Sligo
Since its inception, the company has seen steady year-on-year growth, which led to the opening of its headquarters in Finisklin in 2019. This has directly led to the multi-million-euro expansion announced today, combined with the creation of 100 new jobs.
The company defied the wider economic stagnation of the Covid-19 pandemic when it undertook a major recruitment drive in 2020 and 2021, doubling its workforce and expanding its manufacturing offering to include a third cleanroom and new braiding, coiling, and laser welding technologies.
Speaking about the planned extension to its headquarters, Arrotek co-founder Ger O’Carroll said: “It is fantastic to see the growth of the business over the last 17 years, and it is extremely positive that a home-grown Sligo company has managed to grow into international markets and create high-quality jobs for Sligo and the North West of Ireland. This is testament to the high-quality workforce that we currently have and will be recruiting into the future.”
Arrotek co-founder Mark Pugh said: “Since Ger and I set up the business back in 2005, we have focused on investing in the latest cutting-edge technologies to allow us to offer a service that is world-class. This current investment will allow us to further enhance our service offerings to all our current customers both start-ups and multinationals, as well as grow into emerging markets.”
Arrotek takes pride in its progressive company culture which is dedicated to the principles of fairness and inclusion. While the company is excited to welcome new employees, it remains committed to upskilling staff through internal promotions and various education and training programmes.
Arrotek promotes wellness through its competitive offering of flexible hours, hybrid working, health insurance, company pension scheme, and employee wellbeing workshops on topics such as mindfulness, nutrition, and personal finances. Arrotek has an active sports and social club and prides itself on a positive work-life balance.
*Arrotek is a medical device design consultancy specialising in the design and manufacture of minimally invasive medical devices. As one of Europe’s foremost medical device product design and development companies, it works with clients including global medical device companies, medical professionals, inventors, and entrepreneurs. Arrotek specialises in minimally invasive medical devices and has extensive design and engineering capabilities. The company boasts unrivalled experience and a proven track record in medical device design as well as advanced knowledge of medical device regulations in Europe, the US, and around the world. Arrotek has a focus on product quality and DFM – Design for Manufacture. For more see www.arrotek.com