Investments totalling €45.5m by four companies are to create 26 new jobs in research and green technology initiatives. The projects are being backed by IDA Ireland.

Wexport, part of the LEO Pharma Group, is to invest €10m, with plans for a further €10m at a later date, at its site in Little Island, Cork. It involves the establishment of a research and development centre in bio-processing technology in addition to a doubling of production capacity.

Merit Medical Systems, which produces medical devices, is to invest more than €20m at its Galway facility for research and development of a new product and to extend the range of a number of existing products.

Sanmina-SCI Corporation, a global electronics design and manufacturing services provider, is to invest €10m in its operation in Fermoy, Co. Cork, for the expansion of its research and development activities.

Baxter Healthcare is to invest €5.5m in installing and commissioning a 3MW Combined Heat and Power plant (CHP) in Castlebar, Co Mayo over the next two years.