Smithstown Light Engineering  commences construction of cGMP ISO 8 cleanroom suite in Shannon

Smithstown Light Engineering has commenced construction and fitout of a new cGMP ISO8 cleanroom suite within its Suite II facility in Shannon, County Clare. 

Townmore Construction’s Cleanroom Division has been appointed to deliver this fast track project on a Design & Build contract. This project has been designed with performance, safety and sustainability in mind. Upon completion, the suite will be capable of being controlled to achieve ISO8 and will have a set-back facility in order to reduce energy usage and running costs when not in use. Other sustainability features include optimised HVAC design for negligible air loss and high efficiency LED lighting throughout. 

Significantly, most specified products will be sourced from manufacturers based in Ireland and the UK, with the exception of the motors which come from Germany, to minimise the carbon footprint of the project. 

Speaking about the commencement of this critical project, Dr. Gerard Henn, CEO of Smithstown Light Engineering, said: 

“We look forward to working with the Townmore team on this fast-track project. The new cGMP ISO8 cleanroom suite will further support our global medical device client base with the ability to carry out secondary and ancillary process steps in a controlled environment.  Providing clean, pack and label services and other closely controlled activities will complement our existing high precision machining and quality driven operations.  Developing and managing a cleanroom suite allows us to keep pace with new technologies and solutions and furthers our drive to continually re-invest in our business and expand our horizons as we serve our customers with world-class standards.”

Engineering manager and head of Townmore Construction’s Cleanroom Division, Finbarr Marrett, said: 

“We are delighted to be working with such a long established partner as Smithstown Light Engineering on this cutting edge project. It provides an important opportunity to use the design and delivery experience of our team, to deliver an innovative and sustainable facility in Shannon, and we look forward to a long standing relationship with Smithstown Light Engineering as both entities continue to grow and evolve.”

It is expected that Phase 01, comprising the new cleanroom suite, will be handed over and fully operational in Q1 of 2023.