IDA Ireland has annouced several positive manufacturing industry developments.

• Valeo, a specialist in automotive supplies is expanding its operations at its Valeo Vision Systems (VVS) operation in Tuam, with an investment of €7m and the creation up to 100 new jobs over three years.

• American Medical Systems Holdings, supplier of medical devices is to establish a manufacturing operation in Athlone with 50 new jobs and future expansion planned. It involves an investment of €4.6 million.

• Kelcourt Plastics, a component supplier to the medical device industry, is establishing a new medical tubing manufacturing operation in Tullamore, creating 55 new jobs over five years.