With support from IDA Ireland, an Irish government agency responsible for securing new investment, J&J is investing €100 million into its Vistakon subsidiary in Ireland that manufactures Acuvue contact lenses. The investment will increase production capacity and create an estimated 124 new positions in engineering, quality control and manufacturing. The investment comes as J&J celebrates its 10th anniversary of manufacturing Acuvue soft lenses at Vistakon's Limerick site.
Meanwhile J&J has launched an online ordering service for eyecare professionals in the UK. The service, which includes free postage and shipping, allows customers to purchase Acuvue branded contact lenses 24 hours a day to be delivered within 48 hours.
The global revenues of Johnson & Johnson's vision care unit increased by 13.4 percent to $474 million in the 2nd quarter ended July 2, and were up by 11.5 percent in constant currencies. For the six months of the year, vision care sales rose by 13.3 percent to $915 million, or up by 9.9 percent at constant exchange rates.