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Merck to invest € 50 Million in Italian production site at Bari

Merck to invest € 50 Million in Italian production site at Bari

Investment to meet the rising demand for biopharmaceuticals.                                                                                   

Merck today announced plans to invest € 50 million in its Italian production site in Bari in order to respond to the rising demand for biopharmaceuticals.

The announcement was made by Karl-Ludwig Kley, Chairman of the Executive Board of Merck, during a press conference held today at the Bari plant, in the presence of the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and of the President of the Italian Pharma Industries Association Farmindustria, Massimo Scaccabarozzi.

Within Merck Serono’s global biotech production network, the Bari site is part of fill & finish operations alongside the facilities in Darmstadt and Aubonne (Switzerland). The drugs produced within this global network are seeing long-term growing demand, especially as regards those to treat infertility. The new production facility in Bari, southern Italy, is to be commissioned in 2017 for the sterile filling and packaging of liquid drugs into syringes, vials and ampoules (fill & finish).

 

Source: Merck Serono 


“To make Merck fit for the future, we are also investing in modern, expanded production capacities in order to meet the rising demand for our drugs,” said Kley, making reference to the “Fit for 2018” transformation and growth program. During his visit to the Bari site today, he explained the reasons for the investment: “This is part of our growth plans for Merck and for the Merck Serono division in particular here in Bari, where we have excellent conditions thanks to highly skilled employees and a very good infrastructure. Patients will also benefit from this investment as we secure the supply of drugs that improve the quality of life of people around the globe.”

Merck generates more than half of the sales of its Merck Serono division with biotech products. Among others, the company is the world market leader in the treatment of infertility. Around two million babies of the five million born with the help of infertility drugs worldwide were conceived with the aid of Merck Serono products.

 

 

Source:http://www.merckgroup.com/

 

About Merck                                                                  

                                                                                               

Merck is a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors. With its four divisions Merck Serono, Consumer Health, Performance Materials and Merck Millipore, Merck generated total revenues of € 11.1 billion in 2013. Around 38,000 Merck employees work in 66 countries to improve the quality of life for patients, to further the success of customers and to help meet global challenges. Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company – since 1668, the company has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. Holding an approximately 70 percent interest, the founding family remains the majority owner of the company to this day. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany is holding the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are Canada and the United States, where the company is known as EMD.

 

 

Source:http://www.merckgroup.com/

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