€130M investment made by MilliporeSigma for life-saving therapies

An investment of 130 million euros ($130 million) has been invested in Molsheim, France, to strengthen the manufacturing capacities of single-use assemblies – a key technology for the production of Covid-19 vaccines and other life-saving therapies.

The investment was made by MilliporeSigma, the US and Canadian life sciences business of Merck KGaA.

It is the largest investment ever made in the site’s 50-year history and will create more than 800 jobs by the end of 2028.

Reliable access to vaccines

Belén Garijo, CEO of Merck KGaA, said, “Merck is committed to providing patients in Europe and globally with reliable access to lifesaving vaccines and therapies.

“This investment in France is an integral part of our plans to expand our global manufacturing footprint and deliver superior customer value across the globe.”

The expansion will further increase the manufacturing capacity of single-use sets belonging to the Mobius portfolio.

The 37,000 square foot ISO7 cleanrooms, administration building and new logistics warehouse are expected to be operational by the end of 2024 and will gradually move into full production through 2028.

Production sites

In 2021, the Life Science activity had already acquired a single-use assembly production unit for 25 million euros. Molsheim is the first site in Europe where the company manufactures the product. Other production sites are located in Danvers, Massachusetts, USA, and Wuxi, China.

Matthias Heinzel, Board Member of Merck KGaA, said: “France is central to our strategy to drive long-term growth and expand our position as a global leader in life sciences.

“In recent years, many biopharmaceutical manufacturers have turned to single-use technologies for their flexibility, cost savings, speed and reduced risk of contamination, driving double-digit market growth for this segment.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced this trend. This investment will accelerate the delivery of critical products and technologies our customers need to bring breakthrough treatments to patients in need around the world. »

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