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GE Healthcare

The right skills and new talent fuels GE Healthcare growth in Wales GE Healthcare is a $16 billion unit of General Electric Company. It employs more than 46,000 people serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. Recent years have seen Wales becoming a key location in the GE Healthcare global network, with staff coming to Cardiff not just from other UK locations but from elsewhere around the world, and a number of senior executives re-locating from overseas. GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Its broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help customers to deliver better

care to more people around the world at a lower cost. The GE Healthcare Life Sciences division, a leading provider of medical technologies and services, has had a presence in Cardiff since 2004 when it acquired the Amersham plc business. Since then, the capital city of Wales has seen continuing investment by GE and, today, it is the company’s Life Sciences international centre of excellence for consumables.

Richard Dool, General Manager, Consumables: “To support our growth we need to draw on scientific, sales and production expertise and with thousands of students graduating from universities in Wales each year, recruitment is eased. Once people join us they tend to stay, with many members of our team now having 10, 15 or 20 plus years with the company. That level of continuity is a real asset to the business.”


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Consumables products help customers prepare samples for analysis and are widely used by forensic laboratories, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, food and drink manufacturers and research laboratories. The location has seen a £10 million investment during 2009/2010 and additional growth following the purchase in 2008 of Whatman plc – a global supplier of filtration products and technologies – and the decision to transfer some community links. Critical to our production from Banbury in Oxfordshire and Sanford in the USA. decision making, however, has been access to the right skills and The Consumables business, to new talent coming in to the managed from Cardiff, also industry. To support our growth includes operations based in we need to draw on scientific, Maidstone, Dassel in Germany sales and production expertise and Tonglu, China. and with thousands of students graduating from universities in A number of factors have Wales each year, recruitment is contributed to the decision to eased. Once people join us they site the Consumables centre tend to stay, with many members of excellence in Wales, rather of our team now having 10, 15 or than at one of the company’s other international locations. Explains Richard Dool, General Manager, Consumables: “Our site offers room to grow and easy access across the UK and beyond. Property and employment costs are highly competitive and we have found it easy to deal with the authorities and to build strong

20 plus years with thecompany. That level of continuity is a real asset to the business.” It is precisely these advantages which have secured continuous and on going investment in the GE Healthcare Cardiff location, which is now also the company’s international centre for groundbreaking work in stem cell technologies for new drug discovery.

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Wales - GE Healthcare Case Study