German CDMO migrates 800 staff to newly opened €100m packaging site

By Dani Bancroft

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German CDMO migrates 800 staff to now open €100m packaging site

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Vetter will close one facility and migrate staff to the now open €100m expansion center for aseptic packaging of injectables at its headquarters in Ravensburg, Germany.

Vetter Pharma International GmbH will move around 800 employees from the soon-to-be relinquished Holbeinstrasse site to the new center – Ravensburg Vetter West – by the end of 2017.

The new build expands Vetter’s Visual Inspection and Logics Center with an additional 50,000 sq meters of space and a warehouse for cold and room temperature storage of products.

The build, which was initiated five years ago, is part of €300m plan​ to expand and improve the CDMO’s infrastructural asset, with the firm’s recently acquired​ US and German sites.

“Concentrating our supply chain processes in one site enables bundled resources for even more efficient and highly-secured logistic and quality control procedures,”​ said Vetter Managing Director Thomas Otto.

Automation and Digitisation

Vetter emphasised the importance of digitisation in improving efficiency of its contract services, previously telling Outsourcing-Pharma it was a “megatrend”​ in the Pharma industry.

Therefore, the new build has also improved its cold storage fill with more frequent visual inspections, which Vetter added can be either automated or manual.

A support materials warehouse also includes new safety installations and a packaging-check laboratory, to work alongside the site’s data processing center which was completed last January​.

Otto added “requirements regarding final product inspection as well as transportation and storage of (bio-)pharmaceutical materials are ever-increasing.”

The departmental migration to the new center is set to be complete by the end of 2017.

Images: Vetter Pharma International GmbH

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