Vetter said the €31m facility will house cold storage capacity for pharmaceutical products as well as amenities for automatic and manual visual inspection.
In addition, the site will feature an environmentally friendly power supply system running on geothermal, photovoltaic and biogas energy.
When operational later this year the facility will employ more than 230 staff, and include a centre for visual inspection and logistics, as well as a state-of-the-art high-bay warehouse for cold-storage and room-temperature products.
"Our new facility in Erlen reinforces Vetter’s position in international markets,” said Thomas Otto, Vetter’s managing director.
“It combines efficiency and sustainability, and its advanced processes support a high level of product and delivery security. Our investment both in the facility and in renewable energy testifies to our commitment to the region. In Erlen, we are laying important groundwork for Vetter’s continuing growth and success on the world market.”
Vetter claims the new facility - located close to the company’s headquarters in Ravensburg – will allow it to further meet international clients’ needs by optimising quality control processes and material supply, thereby enabling “even more efficient and reliable product delivery around the world.”
Responding to what the company claims is a growing industry demand for stability tests, the new facility will also offer advanced-design stability chambers, with expanded capacity for long-term stability testing under a range of temperatures.
In keeping with Vetter’s commitment to use renewable energy sources, solar electricity-generating photovoltaic cells will be installed on the building’s façade.
The company also said it was collaborating with farmers from the region who run a biogas plant, which it hopes to use to operate the new site’s block heating and power plant, whilst elsewhere geothermal energy will be used to regulate temperatures in the newly built high-bay warehouse.