200 jobs created
Perth gains from US giant Thermo Fisher investment
Plant will produce eight million tubes a week (pic: Thermo Fisher)
US life sciences company Thermo Fisher Scientific is expanding its operations in Scotland as part of a global response to the Covid pandemic.
The company will manufacture eight million tubes a week to be used for test samples collected from swabs.
The expansion will create 200 jobs as part of a global expansion by the company announced last month.
It is investing more than $140 million to further expand its laboratory plastics disposables production to meet global demand for COVID-19 testing, as well as for development and manufacturing of therapies and vaccines.
The Massachusetts-based company is a huge international corporation with 75,000 employees and global revenues of $25 billion.
It is creating more than 1,000 jobs across manufacturing sites around the world, increasing automation capabilities and optimising warehouse and sterilisation capacity to improve its supply chain agility.
Regarding the Perth investment, Scottish Government Innovation Minister Ivan McKee, said: “Thermo Fisher is a huge part of Scotland’s life sciences industry and plays a key role in our response to the Covid-19 crisis.
In support of the site expansion, the Perth and Kinross Council helped the project through the planning and building warrant process, getting planning in place in record time.