Every day millions of BD Vacutainer®
Blood Collection Tubes manufactured in
the UK are used in hospitals around the
For 30 years, BD has supported the UK economy by being
a major employer in the South West of England. Our plant
in Plymouth is recognised as a centre of manufacturing
excellence - continued investment in quality and cuttingedge
technologies has led to world-class process controls
which help to deliver a unique level of service to customers.
Furthermore, the Plymouth plant’s innovation has resulted in
it receiving the EEF Environmental Efficiency Award in 2010.
The Plymouth plant is located on a 27 acre site on the
edge of Dartmoor National Park. When it opened in 1981,
90 employees manufactured four products at Plymouth,
before a second plant was opened in 1988 to focus on
PrecisionGlideTM needles. Today, 600 employees manufacture
over 200 different products, including BD Vacutainer®
tubes for haematology, coagulation and chemistry.
Within the UK, Becton Dickinson U.K. Limited continues to
support the economy with a turnover of over £200 million
(50% of which is exports) and employment of 918 personnel.
BD has also demonstrated its future commitment to the UK
with significant investment over the last 5 years.