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New medical devices manufacturing facility to boost exports and create jobs

18 December

New medical devices manufacturing facility to boost exports and create jobs

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Local manufacturer Ellex, a global leader in the manufacture and export of medical devices, has officially opened a new, purpose-built machinery facility, corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant at Mawson Lakes.

The development has expanded the company’s manufacturing footprint and will increase production of devices to diagnose and treat glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, secondary cataract, age-related macular degeneration and vitreous opacities, leading to the creation of a number of manufacturing jobs.

For more than 30 years, Ellex has been at the forefront of ophthalmic laser research and development. Today, more than 30,000 Ellex laser and ultrasound systems are used around the world.

The new company headquarters and manufacturing plant is situated on 2.18 hectares and employs 165 people, including engineers, researchers, manufacturing technicians and other professional operators. Ellex is South Australia’s largest medical device manufacturer.

The South Australian Government supports the medical devices cluster MedDevSA Alliance, which is aimed at boosting the presence and profitability of South Australians medical technology companies in both domestic and international markets through a $750,000 grant over three years.

Ellex Executive Director Dr Meera Verma said Ellex is committed to manufacturing in South Australia, supported by the state’s extensive advanced manufacturing expertise and rich history of excellence in defence technology.

"From our humble origins in 1985 as a single product business we have evolved into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ophthalmic technologies, with an advanced treatment product portfolio that addresses all major forms of eye disease," she said.

"Our new manufacturing plant in Mawson Lakes provides more than double the production capacity of our former plant and offers significant operational efficiencies, and will thereby play a pivotal role in helping drive the growth of our business."