The Aubagne-based Sartorius Stedim Biotech Group has just announced a massive new investment of $113 million (€100 million). This world leader in single-use consumables for large pharmaceutical laboratories had deployed a $26 million (€23 million) R&D and cleanroom construction program in 2018 to increase its production capacity by 30%. This time, the company is committing a $113 million (€100 million) plan to expand its Provencal manufacturing facility by another 4,000 square meters. This expansion, scheduled for 2023, will almost double the size of the plant.
It will be accompanied in the same year by the construction of a new 10,000 square meter logistics warehouse and the creation the following year of an additional 2,000 square meter research laboratory. Finally, the investment will allow the digitization and automation of the process, the reinforcement of the workforce, and the modernization of the group’s two other units in France, in Lourdes (80 people) and in Cergy (35 people).
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Sartorius received $20.3 million (€18 million) in aid
For the first phase of this plan, Sartorius Stedim Biotech received $5 million in funding from local authorities. This time, the government has put its hand in its pocket by releasing a total of $20.3 million (€18 million).
“Sartorius is a concrete example of what we want for our healthcare industry. Our goal is to be able to produce strategic medical products and devices on our soil in the event of a crisis,” explained the Minister of Industry, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, when announcing the plan. “It’s about increasing our capacity and competitiveness to meet the just-in-time delivery requirements of the biopharmaceutical industry,” added Luc Burgard, CEO of the unit, which was formed in 2007 from the merger of the biotechnology division of Germany’s Sartorius AG with the French sterile bag supplier Stedim, which is now listed on the Paris stock exchange.
Presence in 20 countries
The company works for all vaccine manufacturers. It supplies them with bioreactors, fermenters, cell culture media, live-cell imaging, and analysis systems, pipetting instruments, protein analysis, and water purification and weighing technologies, among other things. Since the acquisition of the Slovenian company BIA Separations last year for 360 million euros, the company also has “a unique technology for the purification of large biomolecules, such as viruses, plasmids, and messenger RNA.
The Group is present in more than 20 countries in Europe, North America, and Asia, with sales of $2.15 billion (€1.91 billion) and 7,500 employees in 2020. This new project will create 400 permanent jobs in France by 2025.
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