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Engineering Firm BCD Renews Commitment to Cork with €10M Investment in Charleville Expansion

BCD, a prominent engineering firm, has reaffirmed its dedication to its Cork base after the completion of a substantial €10 million investment in expanding its facilities in Charleville. Celebrating its 40th year of operation in Cork, BCD has evolved into one of the largest employers in the region, securing contracts with major pharmaceutical multinationals such as Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and AstraZeneca, along with agreements with prominent firms like Carbery, Dairygold, Danone, Tírlan, and Irish Distillers.

Richard Keays, the CEO of BCD, highlighted the company’s leadership in process engineering systems, providing solutions for the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, biotech, and chemical industries both domestically and internationally. Despite a temporary fall in exports in the current year, BCD remains optimistic about Ireland’s economy, boasting additional capacity and automated manufacturing capabilities to serve broader European markets.

The expansion aligns with the IDA’s initiative to develop a life science foreign direct investment cluster in the South-West region, where numerous pharmaceutical multinationals have established a presence. Masco Group, headquartered in Italy, acquired BCD four years ago, facilitating market opportunities, particularly within the pharmaceutical sector. With 240 full-time staff and collaboration with 100 contractors, BCD has become a key player in providing liquid production and water systems for the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

Luca Borella, CEO of Masco Group, emphasised the strategic acquisition of BCD for its potential to explore new markets, driven by a strong client base in the pharmaceutical sector. Masco Group is under the control of German investment company RSBG, known for its sustained focus on engineering technology, products, and services.

The renovation of BCD’s Charleville facility includes the incorporation of solar panels, aiming to derive 60% of its energy from renewable sources by the end of 2024. Founder John McMahon expressed confidence that the €10 million investment ensures the company’s sustained success well into the future.

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