U.S. medical technology group Becton, Dickinson and Co. plans to build a plant in Tatabanya, Hungary, to manufacture pre-fillable syringes.
Work on the 100 million-euro ($145.7 million) facility is set to begin later this year. It eventually will employ 500, according to Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based BD.
A plan to locate the plant north of Budapest, in Veresegyhaz, was scrapped last year, after a local referendum on the project failed to draw sufficient voter interest for a valid result.
The Tatabanya plant is being built by subsidiary Becton Dickinson Hungary Kft., based in Budapest, to meet demand from the pre-fillable syringe market.
``We chose Hungary because of its proximity to the European markets these products will serve, as well as its pool of educated workers, the availability of qualified subcontractors and an exceptional work ethic,'' Alexandre Conroy, president of the company's Medical-Pharmaceutical Systems unit, said in a Jan. 17 news release.
BD's medical products include syringes, pen needles, intravenous catheters and drug-delivery devices. BD employs 28,000 in 50 countries around the world.