• Baxter Malta expands its production capacity by 20%
• Creating 100 new jobs
• Will continue investing as part of its 30-year anniversary in Malta
Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses Silvio Schembri visited Baxter Malta as part of the company’s 30-year anniversary since setting up operations in Malta.
During this visit, Minister Schembri explained that amid COVID-19 circumstances, Baxter sought to adapt to the challenges this has brought about on a global level, be it on our communities, societies, organizations, economy, and healthcare systems.
‘Faced with such adversities, Baxter sought opportunities. Baxter expanded its production capacity by 20% and as a result it shall engage up to 100 new employees,’ announced Minister Schembri adding that in view of the increase in demand for some medical products Baxter sought to maximise its production levels in making products used in COVID-19 patient care.
Since the emergence of the coronavirus, Baxter has taken proactive measures to protect employee workplace safety, provide aid to healthcare providers and those affected by the pandemic, and to maintain global supply of our life-saving and life-sustaining products.
These include a wide range of products used in intensive care units to treat COVID-patients, such as essential medicines, intravenous solutions and nutrition, infusion pumps, blood purification filters, dialysis machines and disposables.
‘It is this very sense of optimism, that we, as a Government are committed to instil as means to stimulate our economy and generate economic activity. This is a crucial week which we have now embarked upon. We have entered a new phase of lifting more restrictions to reignite our economy. The manufacturing industry is and remains vital for our economic activity and in times such as these it demonstrated its agility and flexibility of adjusting to a new reality. As a Government we remain committed to support such initiatives with more grit than ever before. In the coming days, more economic measures will be announced, aimed at stimulating economic activity as part of a holistic plan which includes all economic sectors,’ explained Minister Schembri.
Brian Tabone, Baxter Manufacturing Director said that in its 30 years’ of operation in Malta, Baxter always sought to prioritize the abilities of its work force. ‘Concurrently, Baxter employs around 500 employees employed in various departments from manufacturing, engineering to research and development amongst others. Demand has increased significantly, 5 times the normal ordering levels for the fluids, sets and devices used for continuous renal replacement therapy. As a company, we felt the need of adaptation in view of the challenges the pandemic brought about resulting in an increase in the number of employees in the coming days. I thank the Ministry and Malta Enterprise for their constant support that will guarantee Baxter’s long term presence in Malta and the creation of new job opportunities’, said Tabone, adding that Baxter will pursue its investment plans as part of its 30-year anniversary operating in Malta.