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Friday 17 August 2018

€600,000 investment for Wexford town's Tekpak Automation

Tekpak MD John Kehoe.
Tekpak MD John Kehoe.

Tekpak Automation Ltd, a Wexford town-based packaging machinery manufacturer working in the high-tech robotics sector, has announced the completion of its purchase of a 40,000 sq ft factory building and adjoining land in Whitemill Industrial Estate.

The company, which was previously renting part of the facility, says the €600,000-plus investment has funded the purchase of the building, adjoining land and will pay for required capital Expenditure on the building and development of our Proof of Concept facilities.

And it says says 20 new jobs will be created over the next two years through demand for its services and support from the Enterprise Ireland Job Expansion Fund.

The acquisition of the former IDA Advance Factory highlights the significant growth the company has experienced in recent years, leading to a need for larger manufacturing space.

Having increased the scale and range of its packaging machinery models over recent years and by winning contracts to provide automation solutions for global pharmaceutical, medical device and food manufacturers, Tekpak, had outgrown its previous space.

With ambitious improvement and development plans in the pipeline, the investment will provide a larger manufacturing area, a specialised proof of concept zone, an innovation hub, extra office space and dedicated client test areas.

To streamline the core business functions the manufacturing area will include specialised proof of concept, electrical and mechanical assembly, and fabrication zones.

The increased R&D capabilities will allow for the development of innovative new robotic handing techniques for pharmaceutical and food products, as well as rigorous complete line testing and machine validation for pharmaceutical clients.

Managing director John Kehoe said that from the company's beginnings to the present day, Tekpak has been a company with international operations.

'The new factory premises provides us with the opportunity to enhance and develop the infrastructure and business systems necessary to support our export growth and to provide a technological showcase for our innovative Packaging Machinery Automation Solutions.

'As Tekpak continues to grow over the coming years, we will expand and improve our facilities not only to meet our customers' needs but also as a measure to help attract highly technical people who want to play a part in our success,' he said.

Announcing its plans to create an additional 20 jobs over the next two years, Tekpak said the roles will primarily be for mechanical, electrical and automation engineers to further facilitate the company's need to maintain and enhance its complete-line design capabilities.

Tekpak, which currently employs 25 people, is an award-winning manufacturer of customised Automated Packaging Lines for high volume manufacturers of pharmaceutical products, medical devices and food products. Our expertise in all areas of packaging Line Automation and client focused approach allows us to provide the best technical solution to all our clients.

Tekpak incorporates proven standard ma chine modules, developed using the knowledge and experience gained from over two decades of packaging equipment integration, machine design and manufacture, helping our clients to gain and maintain a competitive advantage with a customised solution that suits their specific requirements.

Tekpak are specialists in validated application, implementing GAMP5 project management techniques, have ISO 9001 accreditation and control software that is validatable and compliant with OMAC Pack ML standards.

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