OxyMem in the Moydrum Business Park in Athlone

Major investment by owners of Athlone facility

There are hopes of a future jobs boost at OxyMem in Athlone following the announcement of a significant multimillion-euro investment by its owners DuPont Water Solutions.

DuPont Water Solutions is a DuPont de Nemours, Inc. business and global leader in water and wastewater treatment technologies. On Tuesday, it confirmed a major transformation of the OxyMem Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR) at its manufacturing facility in Athlone's Moydrum Business Park. The investment in the facilities and employees at the Athlone site will help meet the increasing global demand for MABR, it said.

OxyMem was the first company to commercialise MABR technology, which provides unique and differentiated performance for secondary wastewater treatment.

DuPont acquired OxyMem in 2019, expanding its extensive portfolio of industry-leading water solutions that help produce, purify, and extract some of the world’s most commercially important products.

This multimillion-euro investment includes additional training for staff based in Athlone. This project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

“As we look to a post-pandemic recovery, ensuring balanced regional enterprise development is key and the announcement today of DuPont’s multimillion-euro investment at their site in Athlone, Ireland is indicative of their continued success in Athlone, and indeed a testament to the Midlands region as a great place to do business,” said Robert Troy, Minister for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation. “This investment will have a transformative impact for the site and the staff, who will all benefit from upskilling. I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit the facility and see first-hand the excellent work being undertaken there. I wish the team the very best in this new chapter.”

Barry Heffernan OxyMem Technology Manager said the investment will allow the company to continue to scale its smart production capabilities, digitization and automation, which he said would “ultimately increase our local footprint both in R&D facilities and headcount.”

Denis Curran, Head of Regions, Property and Enterprise Development at IDA Ireland said: “ This multi-million-euro investment will enable OxyMem to position itself for future growth opportunities.”