Perrigo Company plc is an American international manufacturer of private label over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Perrigo engages in the manufacture and sale of consumer healthcare products, generic prescription drugs, active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), and consumer products through its wholly owned subsidiaries, primarily in the United States, Australia, Israel, Europe, India and Mexico. In March 2005 the firm acquired Agis Industries Ltd., an Israel-based generic pharmaceuticals company for $850 million.
Agis was founded by Moshe (Mori) Arkin in 1983. Arkin, who now owns 9% of Perrigo and was appointed as Vice Chairman of the company after the aquisition, developed his father's small drug import business into a multinational generic pharmaceutical company, changing the world of pharmaceutical. Today, Perrigo employs over 1,200 workers in Israel in three locations, including an R&D Center as well as manufacturing facilities, which are FDA-inspected, cGMP-compliant and recognized for environmental stewardship. Perrigo is planning to expand its facilities to other locations across Israel in the near future.
“The Yeruham site is wonderful. We bought Agis when it already had amazing staff and developing personnel. We decided to expand even further in the South, with the help of the government. We created a world-class activity in Israel; there’s an amazing management team here and we’ll continue to invest in Israel in the future.”
General Motors is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, markets and distributes vehicles and vehicle parts and sells financial services. It produces vehicles in 37 countries under thirteen brands, such as Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC. In 2005 GM established GM Israel, which includes an Advanced Technical Centre and an Automotive Procurement Arm, as well as provides support for GM Ventures evaluation processes of Israeli start-up companies. The Advanced Technical Center’s primary focus is on cutting-edge and non-traditional automotive technologies, in a wide range of vehicle related fields, such as autonomous vehicles, user experience technologies (UXT), connected-vehicle, cyber security and more.
The GM Israel R&D center creates and evaluates innovative applied concepts for future vehicles; it provides an exceptional research environment with academic freedom. the Global Connected Consumer Experience (GCCX) group in Israel, Founded in 2013, was established to provide innovative solutions and services for online drivers and cars. In 2016 GM is planning to expand its Advanced Technical Center in Israel, establishing 4 new development groups and recruiting even more employees.
“The Autonomous Vehicle is a central part of our future, and it’s the essence of GM’s vision of being first in innovation. This expansion of the Israeli development center shows the company’s complete trust in Israeli innovation and capabilities, as well as in the Israeli exceptional development potential.”
CK Hutchison holdings Limited, a Hong-Kong international company, owns substantial holdings in businesses across a number of industries, including port operation and development, telecommunication, energy, retail and infrastructure. The company employs a quarter million people in 52 countries across the world. Hutchison Water, Established in 2008, is part of the CK Hutchison Holdings Limited, and is offering a wide range of projects in the water and water related business. In 2012 Hutchison Water acquired Kinrot Ventures, an world leading Israeli technological incubator for water and cleantech technologies, forming Hutchison-Kinrot. Hutchison-Kinrot provides a unique platform for developing and commercializing water, Cleantech, Internet of Things and cyber security innovations with valuable access to international markets.
The incubator enables promising early-stage start-up companies to gain access to the highest levels of business, operational and technical expertise in the water and Cleantech industries. Hutchison Water facilitates the world largest and most advanced SWRO desalination plant in Sorek, South of Tel Aviv, Israel, together with IDE. The plant sets significant benchmarks in desalination capacity and water cost, resulting in substantial savings for the local water market. The plant supplies 20% of Israel’s urban drinking water demand.
“From my point of view, Israel is not a small country. This country is a gushing fountain of knowledge and capabilities; it is a fascinating place offering endless opportunities. The People of Israel are a proud People, with a heritage that gives its citizens roots and thirst for knowledge.”
Intel Corporation is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Intel, founded in 1986, is one of the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip makers. It combines advanced chip design capabilities with cutting-edge manufacturing capabilities. In 1974, only six years after its foundation, Intel opened its first development center outside the US in Israel. The center has grown from a small team of five researchers to close to 10,000 today, divided among facilities in Kiryat Gat, Jerusalem, Haifa, Petah Tikvah, and Yakum.
Israel has been one of the Intel’s most important development and manufacturing centers, and is in charge of some of intel’s most advanced and innovative chips; the Kiryat Gat facility made history and was the first in the world to manufacture a Perfect Wafer. To this day, intel has invested more than $9 billion in Israel.
“It’s a microcosm of Intel － a complete Intel within a single country. It’s about the only place where you have a complete cross-section of the company in one country.”