Jobs be­ing cre­ated by two lo­cal com­pa­nies

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A CUT­TING-EDGE science com­pany is bring­ing an em­ploy­ment boost to South Wales with the cre­ation of nearly 50 jobs.

The work­ers will be taken on by med­i­cal di­ag­nos­tics com­pany Ortho Clin­i­cal Di­ag­nos­tics (Ortho) at its Pen­coed fa­cil­ity.

Backed with £900,000 in busi­ness fi­nance from the Welsh Gov­ern­ment, the in­vest­ment will help the com­pany as it com­petes on the global stage.

Ortho makes de­vices that test for a va­ri­ety of dis­eases, con­di­tions and sub­stances. The tech­nol­ogy can also match blood to en­sure blood trans­fu­sion re­cip­i­ents get com­pat­i­ble blood. Its prod­ucts are used by hos­pi­tals, blood banks and lab­o­ra­to­ries in more than 125 coun­tries.

Ris­ing de­mand, par­tic­u­larly in China, means the firm will open a new pro­duc­tion line in 2018, with the op­tion of another by 2020.

First Min­is­ter Car­wyn Jones said: “Wales’ dy­namic life sci­ences sec­tor con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength and I am de- lighted to an­nounce this fund­ing which will help cre­ate nearly 50 new jobs.”

Paul Hales, se­nior di­rec­tor at Ortho, said: “At Ortho, our pur­pose is to im­prove and save lives through di­ag­nos­tics.

“A se­cure and con­sis­tent sup­ply of high-qual­ity prod­uct is at the core of that pur­pose, and we are de­lighted to be in­creas­ing our pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties to meet the ever ris­ing de­mand for our prod­ucts.

“We are grate­ful for the con­tin­u­ing sup­port of the Welsh Gov­ern­ment.”

And in another piece of good news for the area, a Brid­gend-based com­pany has won a con­tract po­ten­tially worth £9m, which will see it cre­at­ing 18 new jobs and ex­pand­ing its premises.

2buy2, a pro­fes­sional pro­cure­ment com­pany that helps or­gan­i­sa­tions se­cure bet­ter value for money, has won a fouryear con­tract with the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion to help schools in the north West of Eng­land.

The ini­tial phase of the con­tract (pi­lot) will en­gage 900 schools in the first 15 months and is tar­geted to de­liver £3.2m in sav­ings. If the pi­lot is suc­cess­ful, then the con­tract could even­tu­ally in­clude more than 3,000 schools.

The com­pany will em­ploy up to 18 new staff to help de­liver the scheme, 14 of who will be based in its HQ at the Sony Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre in Brid­gend, where it will also in­crease its of­fice space by 40%.

Rob Kis­sick, founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of 2buy2, said: “This is a fan­tas­tic con­tract for us that will fa­cil­i­tate our ex­pan­sion and al­low us to cre­ate a num­ber of high qual­ity jobs in the re­gion.

“We are de­lighted to be par­tic­i­pat­ing in a scheme that could make such a big dif­fer­ence to the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in the UK, free­ing up money to plough into other ed­u­ca­tional re­sources.”

The busi­ness gives 10% of its net prof­its to char­i­ties cho­sen by its staff ev­ery year.

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