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Medical technology firm announces £172m investment in its Plymouth site

BD is one of around a dozen firms meeting Theresa May in New York today. Photo: ITV West Country

A medical technology firm has announced a major £172m investment in its Plymouth site.

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) plans to build eight new manufacturing lines at its site at Belliver Way in Roborough.

It says the investment will create up to 200 jobs.

BD says its Plymouth site 'manufactures a broad range of blood collection products'. Credit: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/DPA/PA Images

BD is one of around a dozen firms meeting Theresa May for a business roundtable in New York today.

The Prime Minister says the investment proves the UK is at "the cutting edge" of medical research.

This investment is a prime example of the confidence major global foreign firms have that the UK has the right workforce and expertise to deliver on pioneering new projects. It’s great news for Plymouth that 200 new jobs for local people will come about as a result of BD’s expansion at its Roborough site. It comes on top of positive news that inward investment into the South West has been increasing.

– Theresa May
The prime minister has already met with Canadian business leaders to discuss trade links. Credit: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press/PA Images

BD has operations in more than 50 countries and is among the world’s leading medical device producers.

The company says it values its Devon site.

Our UK facility in Plymouth has a proven track record in manufacturing high-quality, large volume, medical technology with globally competitive efficiency. We have a fantastic workforce in South West England and value our responsive and supportive local partners, all reasons why we continue to invest in the area.

– Mike Fairbourn, BD Vice President & General Manager for the UK and Ireland