Cork Company Zenith Technologies Wins Significant Automation Contract for New Singapore Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant

17th August 2009 - Cork company Zenith Technologies has won a significant contract to supply turnkey automation solutions for Alcon's new manufacturing plant in Tuas, Singapore.

Zenith, an Enterprise Ireland client company, is an independent global system integrator.  Established in 1998, Zenith is headquartered in Cork and employs over 300 people through its offices in Ireland, UK, USA, Europe, Singapore and India. Zenith is an Enterprise Ireland scaling client, that is, one of a cohort of companies that have particular potential and capability to rapidly grow and achieve global scale. 

Alcon, Inc. is the world's leading eye care company, with sales of approximately $6.3 billion in 2008.

Under this project for Alcon, Zenith will design, supply, test and commission a large real time process control system using PLC/SCADA technology, allowing for supervisory monitoring and automated control of the manufacturing process.

When complete in 2012, the new plant will be Alcon's first pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Asia and will manufacture pharmaceutical products that address serious eye diseases and will supply Alcon's rapidly growing Asian markets. The location and capacity of the expansion will allow Alcon to more effectively and efficiently meet the eye care needs of patients and eye care professionals across Asia.

Brendan O'Regan, chief executive officer for Zenith Technologies said:

"Zenith Technologies is focused in the Life Sciences sector and this project award signifies yet another strong vote of confidence from a leading global company in the ability of Zenith Technologies.

Bryan McSwiney, Asia director, Zenith Technologies added:

Zenith's established local track record, knowledge of the life science industry regulatory requirements, capable workforce and long term local support were some of the factors that contributed to the project award," said.

Alan Dixon, Enterprise Ireland's Asia Pacific Director said:

"Zenith Technologies is a leading service provider to the growing Life sciences sector in Singapore and India where it is continuing to experience rapid growth.  As an Enterprise Ireland scaling client, Zenith is a company that has strong potential to rapidly grow and achieve the scale required to be a global leader.  This latest contract represents another significant milestone for the company in this high growth market and Enterprise Ireland looks forward to continuing to support Zenith's further overseas success through our network of overseas offices."

Keith Bird, vice president of corporate engineering for Alcon added:
"We look forward to working with Zenith Technologies on this important project and we are confident in their ability to deliver state-of-the-art automation technologies to our manufacturing facility in Singapore."

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About Zenith Technologies
Zenith Technologies is an independent global system integrator with offices in Ireland, UK, USA, Europe, Singapore & India and specialises in the provision of real time control and MES solutions to the life sciences sector. The company is privately held, has been operating since 1998 and is headquartered in Cork, Ireland. For more information on Zenith, visit the company web site at www.zenithtechnologies.com

About Alcon
Alcon, Inc. is the world's leading eye care company, with sales of approximately $6.3 billion in 2008. Alcon, which has been dedicated to the ophthalmic industry for 65 years, researches, develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceuticals, surgical equipment and devices, contacts lens solutions and other vision care products that treat diseases, disorders and other conditions of the eye. Alcon's marketleading products include: the AcrySof® family of intraocular lenses, the TRAVATAN® family of ophthalmic solutions, the Patanol® family of ophthalmic solutions and the contact lens care line of OPTI-FREE® disinfectants. Alcon operates in 75 countries and sells products in 180 markets. Alcon's majority shareholder is Nestlé, S.A., the world's largest food company. For more information on Alcon, Inc., visit the Company's web site at www.alcon.com

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