Global healthcare leader Abbott is celebrating twenty years of delivering excellence in diagnostics from the company’s manufacturing facility in Longford. Abbott is a leading innovator in the field of diagnostics and its Longford site has received numerous awards thanks to the Longford team’s record of delivering cutting-edge solutions to improve global healthcare.
Diagnostic testing provides information that helps in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a range of health conditions. Over the past two decades, Abbott’s Longford facility has remained at the forefront of innovation, consistently pushing boundaries to improve patient outcomes. The site’s commitment to research and development has led to ground-breaking advances in diagnostics, revolutionising the way healthcare professionals diagnose and treat various medical conditions.
Established in 2003, Abbott’s diagnostics facility in Longford was the company’s second diagnostics facility opened in Ireland, following from the establishment of operations in Sligo in 1994. The Longford facility spans 17,000 sq.m., located on a 20-acre greenfield site in Lisnamuck on the outskirts of Longford town.
Abbott’s Longford facility has received several commendations for its work, including the IMDA Med Tech Company of the Year in 2015 and the prestigious Shingo Prize in 2016, awarded by University of Utah and the Shingo Institute for Operational Excellence.
Committed to the Midlands community
Over the past two decades Abbott has maintained a steadfast commitment to the Midlands community, raising over €100,000 for both local and national charities. This has included a longstanding sponsorship of the Longford Marathon and support for local schools such as Lanesboro and their sponsorship of Abbott Longford’s charity of choice, St Joseph’s National School. Abbott is also a partner with Technological University of the Shannon in Athlone, supporting the development of a course for ‘Lean Management and Quality Systems’. Senior management are also involved in the support and advancement of Advanced Manufacturing in the region through the atim Cluster and the Midlands Advanced Manufacturing Plan.
“Together with all our colleagues in Ireland and worldwide, our operations in Longford are driven by people with a passion for innovation and a dedication to improving lives through our diagnostic solutions,” said Conor Murphy, Site Director at Abbott Longford.
“Our success has been characterised by great human endeavour, collaboration, and transformative milestones. From opening this facility in 2003 with 16 people employed to growing the site to become a global leader, our drive to improve the lives of millions around the world is as strong as ever.”
“We pay tribute to all of our people, past and present, who have contributed to this journey and to everyone who has supported our Longford operations over the last two decades and onwards. Our people are the reason we get to celebrate such a milestone and we have always aimed to repay their hard work by supporting them in various aspects of their life, such as providing opportunities to advance within the company, including the opportunity to study a certificate in science due to our partnership with ATU, implementing our bring your child to work day, and our partnership with Longford rugby club to form a tag rugby league. We are very excited to have reached this milestone, but we’re even more excited to reach the next one.”
Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Their portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Abbott currently employ 115,000 people, serving more than 160 countries. Abbott has been operating in Ireland since 1946, and currently employs over 5,500 people across ten sites.