Zimmer Biomet Celebrates 10 Years in Ireland

December 14, 2018 – Zimmer Biomet, a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare, is celebrating a decade in Ireland. A leading employer in Shannon and Oranmore, Galway, the company’s footprint in Ireland now features two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities plus a professional education centre that attracts healthcare professionals from around the world.


“Our team is at the heart of our success,” said Claude Costelloe, General Manager of Zimmer Biomet’s Ireland manufacturing facilities. “We are proud that our Ireland operations deliver products that treat a broad range of musculoskeletal health conditions and help alleviate pain and improve the quality of life for people around the world.”


“While we are constantly looking to recruit high calibre candidates across all disciplines, including operations, quality, finance, validation, engineering, compliance and HR, I am proud that many of our employees have progressed their careers with us over the last 10 years,” said Timmy Mulvihill, Manager, Human Resources. With the support of the company, a significant number are also continuing their education at the University of Limerick, NUIG, Limerick Institute of Technology and GMIT. We are committed to creating an environment in which our employees can use their creativity to achieve innovative solutions for patients and give back to communities and people in need. These values drive our decision making and are fundamental to our success.”


Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland, congratulated Zimmer Biomet on reaching the milestone.

“Exports of medical devices and diagnostic products represent eight percent of Ireland’s total merchandise exports,” said Shanahan. “As a global leader, Zimmer Biomet is a significant contributor to that number and a great example of successful investment in Ireland. In terms of economic impact, the company’s two locations mean that the benefit is spread across Shannon and Galway, providing a substantial number of jobs and creating considerable benefit for both communities. I congratulate Zimmer Biomet on its achievements and wish Claude and the team continued success.”


“Zimmer Biomet’s reach extends beyond the two manufacturing facilities through its outsourcing sub supply and professional services, its contribution to local economic development through staff involvement in educational programmes via Junior Achievement, its corporate social responsibility support with the Mid-West Rape Crisis Centre and Milford Hospice and through employees’ economic support of the local community,” said Shannon Chamber CEO, Helen Downes.


“In addition, as Chair of the Mid-West Lean Network, General Manager, Claude Costelloe is playing a leading role in ensuring that the Mid-West region becomes synonymous with excellence in Lean and Continuous Improvement,” Downes added. “Zimmer Biomet’s open-door policy of engaging with other companies, sharing its knowledge and helping others on their Lean Journey must be applauded.” 


Tony Heffernan, Founder and CEO of charity BUMBLEance Ireland (The Children’s National Ambulance Service) spoke about the company’s commitment to social responsibility initiatives and its involvement with BUMBLEance Ireland. “We were delighted to be selected as Zimmer Biomet’s national charity of 2018,” said Heffernan. “A recent employee cycle race between Shannon and Galway raised more than Euro 10,000, which will help sick children around Ireland travel safely and comfortably to hospitals, hospices, treatment centres and respite centres nationwide.”

“Our success in Shannon and Galway can be attributed to our talented employees, relentless focus on quality, investment in leading edge technology, and the building of a strong culture of innovation and continuous improvement,” said Costelloe. “We have had a positive experience doing business here the last 10 years, and we look to the future with confidence.”


About Zimmer Biomet

Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, Zimmer Biomet is a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare. We design, manufacture and market orthopaedic reconstructive products; sports medicine, biologics, extremities and trauma products; office-based technologies; spine, craniomaxillofacial and thoracic products; dental implants; and related surgical products.

We collaborate with healthcare professionals around the globe to advance the pace of innovation. Our products and solutions help treat patients suffering from disorders of, or injuries to, bones, joints or supporting soft tissues. Together with healthcare professionals, we help millions of people live better lives. We have operations in more than 25 countries around the world and sell products in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.zimmerbiomet.com or follow Zimmer Biomet on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zimmerbiomet.


About Claude Costelloe

Zimmer Biomet recently announced the appointment of Claude Costelloe as its General Manager and Site Leader for Ireland. A Limerick native, Claude previously served as Operations Director of the Shannon Zimmer Biomet Facility, which he joined in 2012. A veteran of the Medtech industry, Claude is a graduate of UL and has held leadership positions in the Electronics and the Engineering sector for over twenty years. Speaking of his recent appointment, Claude said it was a privilege to be asked to lead two of the best performing sites in the global Zimmer Biomet Network and that he was looking forward to working with the outstanding teams in both Shannon and Galway to grow the company’s presence in Ireland.


Employee Experiences

Michael O’Malley, Kilrush, Co Clare

My career has progressed so much at Zimmer Biomet over the last five years. I joined in January 2013 as a Product Builder, where I worked with a fantastic team. A year and a half later, I joined the MES team as a trainer for the Shannon roll out. In 2015, I was promoted to the role of MES Technician to help build work flows for the Oranmore plant. I very much enjoyed this role as I was part of the set-up team, which was a fabulous opportunity to learn new skills. In December 2015, I was again promoted, this time to Production Supervisor for the Clean and Pack area. In September 2017, I was promoted to Value Stream Lead for Production in Oranmore. This is a very varied role, where I get to work with all functions of the business daily.


Steven McLoughlin, Shannon, Co Clare

I started my career in Zimmer Biomet back in 2011 as a Product Builder. My career path has taken me through many promotions, including the role of Group Lead, to my current position as Production Supervisor of Clean and Pack. Throughout my career, Zimmer Biomet has given me unwavering support and guidance. Seven years later, I believe that our path together is only just beginning. I look forward to a bright future with Zimmer Biomet!


Brian Bourke, Sixmilebridge, Co Clare

Zimmer Biomet has provided me with a brilliant progression path over the last five years. I started with Zimmer Biomet in 2013 as a Polisher but took a keen interest in further training. A year and a half later, I was fortunate to be promoted to Group Lead on the evening shift. This gave me great exposure to the daily running of the business. I then started a Green Belt course in IT Sligo, which was supported by the company. I was successful in being appointed as Production Supervisor in June of 2016. Zimmer Biomet has also supported me to do my Masters in UL.



Rob Geary, Clarina, Co Limerick

When I was interviewed nearly eight years ago for a Product Builder position, I was told that there would be a lot of opportunities for anybody who is willing to take them. Two years later, my opportunity came along a when I was hired as a MES Technician. This turned out to be a great opportunity to learn everything from master data cleansing to project management. Since then, I have gained invaluable experience in a variety of different roles from MES Deployment Lead and Senior MES Analyst to MES Leader and now into a management position. Each role has given me a greater knowledge of the business. In each position I have received guidance and mentoring from so many people. I am very excited about the future and am working on several interesting projects that will further progress Zimmer Biomet as a leading orthopaedics manufacturing operation.


Aoife Carbin, Kilcolgan, Co Galway

I started label printing as a Product Builder in the Clean & Pack area. Within a matter of months, I had progressed into Cosmetic Inspection and running different machines. There are so many opportunities within Zimmer Biomet. I have now advanced to the role of Quality Technician. The variety and daily challenges associated with this new role have helped me to develop new skills. It is a company where hard work and dedication are recognised and rewarded.