Dynamic German medical equipment producer B. Braun Melsungen AG. is expanding in Hungary again with plans to almost double annual production of moulded medical devices at its site in Gyöngyös.
Local group offshoot B. Braun Medical Kft. is investing nearly €100m to construct a new intravenous kit manufacturing unit at its existing 17,000m2 device moulding facility. This will enable the firm to raise site capacity to 120 million products per year.
B. Braun Melsungen, which has already invested nearly €193m at the site in north eastern Hungary over the past 25 years, will create 407 new jobs at Gyöngyös as a result of the scheme.
The latest investment plan was announced by Hungary’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó at a news conference in Budapest earlier this month. B. Braun group’s national subsidiary is to receive a grant of €19.7m towards the cost of its latest project from the Hungarian government.
Today, the extrusion and injection moulding plant employs over 1,000 and turns out 800 disposable medical products annually.
In 2015, the local subsidiary carried out a major €5m technology upgrade of the plant’s plastics injection moulding operation to cover the entire blood dialysis fittings production process. This ranges from processing medical grade plastic granules to finished product packaging.
That project, which followed a €13m local investment in 2013 adding 100 new jobs and doubling the site area and capacity, has allowed the Hungarian firm to manufacture complete dialysis kits improving company competitiveness.
Today, the Melsungen, Germany-based group runs three subsidiaries in Hungary with a total workforce of 2,000, including 100 development engineers. B. Braun Medical Kft. recorded sales worth €119m last year.
The Hungarian medical offshoot is significant since it runs the group division’s only medical software R&D operation outside Germany. Its engineers design hardware and software for dialysis fittings and software for infusion pumps at a medical development centre in Budapest.