A Galway based medical devices firm says it will create at least 20 jobs, after signing a multi-million dollar distribution deal with a Chinese company.

ArraVasc Limited said the roles will be created over the next three years.

The company manufactures vascular products, which will now be supplied into the Asian market.

Chief Executive Jonathan Akehurst said the contract is worth at least $3.5m.

The company, formerly known as Cappella Medical Devices, has been based in Galway since 2007.

It was originally set up as a Research & Development business, working on coronary stent technologies.

It subsequently expanded into production and now employs 36 people in the city.

The announcement was made during the ongoing Enterprise Ireland Trade and Investment Mission to China.