Medtronic Expands Operations in Heerlen, the Netherlands
The medical technology company’s new distribution facility will create 140 jobs
Global medical technology company Medtronic has started construction of its new distribution facility in Heerlen, the Netherlands. Located next to the company’s existing Center of Excellence, the 355,200-square-foot facility will begin operations in 2017. It will support the creation of 140 new jobs in addition to the existing 1,000 jobs Medtronic has in Heerlen. Medtronic will use the facility to store and distribute medical devices like implants, surgical instruments and patient monitoring systems.
Heerlen’s central location and logistics infrastructure will improve Medtronic’s distribution. Medtronic will work closely with global supply chain management company CEVA Logistics to reach more than 15,000 European hospitals and clinics within 24 hours.
“We strive to ensure the timely delivery of our medical technology products to hospitals and patients, and the unique geographical location of this new facility is aimed at supporting anticipated growth across the European market. We look forward to enhancing our presence in this community,” said Sikko Zoer, Vice President of Customer and Supply Chain at Medtronic EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
South Limburg’s Medical Logistics Cluster
The Dutch province of Limburg, specifically the city of Heerlen, is becoming a hub for medical logistical activities. Companies benefit from similar operations in the region and government support.
“The city of Heerlen offers tremendous opportunities for companies in the medical logistical sector. This investment, in close cooperation with WDP and CEVA Logistics, is a key indicator of growth in the existing medical logistical cluster in the region, highlighting Medtronic’s status as the largest commercial employer in the region,” said Martin de Beer, Alderman Economic Affairs of the Municipality of Heerlen.
Source: CEVA Logistics16 November 2016